2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I wanted to share a few of the things I have been pondering in my heart as I have reflected on 2 Corinthians chapter 12.
Paul is a Spirit-filled apostle of Jesus Christ. He prayed, repeatedly, for a thorn in the flesh to be removed. It was not.
How does this fit with your understanding of prayer?
Have you ever repeatedly prayed for something, only to receive an answer of “No,” “Not yet,” or just silence? How does that make you feel?
Have you ever wondered why God doesn’t just take away whatever might hurt us? What possible answers does the text suggest?
Have you ever been through a trial that you prayed you would not ever have to go through and reached the point where the only thing that kept you going was God’s grace?
How can a “thorn in the flesh” experience work to strengthen your trust?