2 Corinthians 1:8-11
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
Have you ever been through a season where everything seems to be going wrong?
Paul, who penned the above passage, had many seasons like that. He had been arrested on several occasions, beaten, shipwrecked, tortured, and had some sort of “thorn in the flesh” that he prayed to be freed from but never was. So how does he respond? With faith and gratitude.
Paul was able to look back and see that through the trials he couldn’t rely on himself or his circumstances. He had to learn how to rely on God through the pain. And through that experience he learned that God could be trusted.
He also makes the connection between these experiences and prayer. Think about it. When do we pray more, when everything is going great or when things start falling apart?
Prayer is a language of dependence on God. If you are going through a tough season, declare your dependence on God to deliver you. If things are going great, thank God for this blessing. In all things, thank God and pray for His ongoing deliverance for you and for those around you who are going through a difficult time.