Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 1
Key Verses: 2 Corinthians 1:8, 11
For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life…. you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many.
Between writing these two Corinthian letters, Paul spent time in Asia Minor, a Roman province now known as Turkey. There he suffered much persecution as a result of his bold witness for Christ. He had spent at least three years in Corinth, establishing the Church. But Paul was also very human. He needed the fellowship of fellow believers. He uses the word “comfort” six times, and the word “consolation” five times. As followers of Christ, we need each other. Paul felt he could share his burdens and even his despair. He knew his Corinthian friends were praying for him and supporting him so that he could spend his time preaching and teaching instead of making tents, as he had done when he planted the Church in Corinth. The words “faithful,” “promises,” “sealed” and “deposit” indicate he is encouraged by the progress of the Church.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You are building Your Church. Grant, I pray, a gift of optimism to me concerning Your Church worldwide, as well as in my home church. Thank You that there are people who care about me and pray for me, as did the Corinthian people about Paul. As 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “Yes and in Him, Amen!”
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Each week the prayer coordinator in my local church, calls me so she can report in the bulletin on my health and so people can pray for me. Norma-Jean and I moved into a small apartment. For many years we lived and worked on the farm where she was born, but it was too much work at our age. In the past, Norma-Jean was in charge of the inside, and I was in charge of the outside. In the apartment, there are no outside jobs so I can relax now that my wife is in charge of everything. There’s humor here, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. No grass to cut, no walls to paint, no snow to shovel. My Dad, out shoveling snow at my age, sat down on the stairs, had a heart seizure and left for Heaven with his boots on. He would’ve wanted to go that way. He knew his life was in God’s hands and timing. I’ve already lived two years longer than Dad. Without snow to shovel, and considering that I may be the most prayed for man I know of, I’m confident of God’s healing and sustaining power for some time to come.
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