“Each time (Paul asked God to remove his “thorn in the flesh”) he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me”. 2 Cor. 12:9
Heavenly Father, what a great verse to sit in the rest of May. Though Paul really wanted to be thorn-free, you answered his prayer with the gift of sufficient grace. You haven’t promised any of us a thornless life before we enter the new heaven and new earth. However, you have promised we’ll never experience a graceless, Christ-absent day. Thank you.
For our “thorns in the flesh”: Grant us grace to accept the inconvenient, painful, freedom-limiting things going on in our bodies. Reveal your power through our physical weakness, and increase our compassion for fellow sufferers.
For our “burrs in the saddle”: Father, some of us are dealing with irritating people and aggravating circumstances. Give us bigger hearts and thicker skins, wisdom from above and grace on the ground.
For our “punches in the gut”: Some of us are reeling from fresh disappointments, betrayals, or losses. Thank you for being a “Father of compassion and God of all comfort.” Help us catch our breath, gain perspective, and experience your calming, centering presence.
For our “arrows to the heart”: Nothing hurts as much as relational pain. Father, grant us the grace we need to love well in messy, complex situations. May your great love for us in Jesus be 10 times more real than the sadness we experience in our hardest relationships. Thank you, Father, and So Very Amen.