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. Romans 8:26-27

Our infirmities are far greater then we often know. They keep us from really knowing what we need, and we are most feeble when we don’t know we are feeble.

A big city lawyer was called in on a case between a farmer and a large railroad company. The farmer noticed that his prize cow was missing from the field through which the railroad passed. He filed suit against the railroad company for the value of the cow. The case was to be tried before the Justice of the Peace in the back room of the General Store.

The attorney immediately cornered the farmer and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his bestselling job, and the farmer finally agreed to take half of what he was claiming to settle the case. After the farmer signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t help but gloat a little over his success.

He said to the farmer, “You know, I hate to tell you this, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case. The engineer was asleep, and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your farm that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand.”

The old farmer replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself because that crazy cow came home this morning!”

We don’t know as much as we think we know, and we for sure don’t know as much as the Holy Spirit does. However, this is not a negative; it is a great thing. The reason that it is great is because God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are working together on our behalf.

They know what is best for us, and it is to our benefit the sooner we realize that our infirmities need help and we don’t even know what to pray for.

You may be going through something that seems hopeless, and you don’t even know how to pray. This is not a time to despair and lose faith. Your very weakness allows God’s strength to show forth as He works His perfect will in your life.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder