Monday, April 9th


Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. - 2 Corinthians 12:7

Dear Lord Jesus, the Apostle Paul realized that his thorn in his flesh (a physical ailment) was a gift from you to keep him from being conceited.  I have to confess that I rarely think that my wrinkles and medical problems are a gift from you to keep me from being conceited.  But I believe now that you are using them that way for me. My physical problems prove to me that I am fragile and in great need of a God to sustain and deliver me. Everyone else sees that I am weak and needy but I delude myself into thinking that I am strong and need no help.  Frankly, my medical problems make me beg for help because I cannot fix them on my own.  Dear Lord, I do not want to be so arrogant as to live as if I do not have any weaknesses or to live like I don't need you who made me. I need you every hour.  I need you to help me.  Please, give me the self-discipline to take care of my body.  Give me the healing I need in order to continue as a servant for you. Bring answers to my unanswered questions.  Help me to have the humility to ask for help when I need it.  AMEN

Our problem is not our weakness.  It's our delusions of strength that keep us from seeking the grace that strengthens us in our weaknesses. 


Additional Reading: Matthew 4:1-5, 1 Corinthians 2, Philippians 4:4-13