My Grace is Sufficient for You


“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.” –2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV


“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.” –2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV

In 2 Corinthians 12 Paul is tormented by a thorn in his side. He begs and pleads with God to remove it but the thorn is not removed. Does this mean that Paul’s prayers are not answered?

No, because there are two ways this prayer could be answered: either God could remove the thorn or He could strengthen Paul through the pain he was enduring.

Paul begs and pleads for God to remove the thorn from his side; he wants no more torment. Instead of removing it God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

God won’t bring pain into your life. However, God knows when you do experience pain; He can use your weakest moment to display His power. When you turn to Him in your weakness, He will fill you with His strength. Moreover, His strength is much more powerful than your own.

What is your thorn? Rely on God to fill you with strength in your time of trial. His strength is capable of overcoming addiction, filling the ache of loneliness, pushing past discouragement and bringing comfort to soothe your grief.

Prayer Focus

  • Pray for God to reveal your thorn to you and what he is trying to teach you through that thorn.
  • Pray for renewed strength to get through the struggle.

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