Today’s Scripture: Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:26-28

J. Vernon McGee said about this passage, “Have you gone to God sometimes in prayer when you actually did not know what to pray for? All you could do was just go to Him and say, ‘Father.’ You could not ask anything because you didn’t know what to ask for. At times like this the Spirit ‘helpeth our infirmities.’ How wonderful is that.”

When it comes to going to the Lord, know the Spirit will utter for you what you can’t utter for yourself. Further on in the passage, it talks about the will of God. When we go to God, we ask for His will, we ask for Him to act on our behalf and to help us go forward.

It doesn’t say all things are good, but it does say all things work together for good.

God isn’t just the Ruler; He is the Overruler.

He knows the end from the beginning. He will be with you no matter how difficult things get. Ultimately, it is God who is in charge. He is the One Who gives the energy to take one more step.

Through the years, when I’ve gone through especially difficult times, I say to the Lord, “It’s your church.” I know it is God’s church, but for some reason during those difficult times, it has always helped me to just say it out loud. It reminds me of a fundamental truth, and it assists me in keeping my focus.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder