Prayer: Day

Day 10


Join us today as we read Day 10 of the YouVersion Prayer plan, then come back here and let’s talk about what we’re learning!

  • Woah. Something else just popped out at me about this verse (the 2 Corinthians one).

    Yes, it is about God's grace working through our weaknesses. But when we look at it in the context of prayer, Paul specifically asked for something and God clearly said "No". And so with that, Paul then took that No and made it something incredible – boasting about his weakness so that God would be brought glory.

    How easily do we accept a "No" as an answer to prayer?

  • I love the wording of 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness". There is this reliance…without this grace, without the ability to go towards Him in prayer, we are weak. Yet, through weakness we are made stronger because we put our faith in the Lord. Simply beautiful!

  • While in my trial it seized to amaze me how God's power WAS made perfect many times during my weakest moments. Now that I am coming out of my trial I can appreciate how God met me & upheld me on days I didn't think I could face. In order to experience the mighty power of Christ, I needed to be in the mighty lows of life. I have come to see thorns as a blessing as without them, we wouldn't need God to sustain us.

  • I think these were the easiest scripture to understand compared to the others but I had such a hard time concentrating on them.

    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. 2 Corinthians 12:9

    I reread this verse a few times with what we are going through.

  • Today coincides perfectly with Soul Detox #14… Wow.

  • I was struck by the phrase "and for a show make lengthy prayers" in Mark 12:40. It invites me to question my motivations when I pray or when I respond here. Am I doing it to lift up others and to bring them and myself closer to God? Or am I doing it to try to impress and receive accolades? I mean, who doesn't like to be greeted with respect and importance, to get awards and recognition?
    The passage following these verses from Mark is the story of the widow's offering. Coupled with the verses from Paul, it is a strong reminder to me that the greatest things come out of weakness or out of the seemingly unimportant things. The greatest example of this is Jesus himself – that God became human, weak and subject to death, to show us how wonderful and great the love of God is.

    • Jesyka

      This will likely be long because I've been mulling this over since the first verses in this prayer study (Matthew 6:5-13) and the Lord is dealing with me on the issue of motives. I was thinking a lot about that phrase too. As I've beein thinking about all of it, and am honest with the Lord about my selfish motives, the more He has shown me that revelation and a deeper, authentic relationship with Him will lead me straight to humility and thankfulness rather than pride…I mean, how can I allow myself to feel like something special in comparrison to Jesus? I'm only something special because of Him, you know?
      I know that some people struggle with not feeling worthy of God's love or calling, but I sometimes struggle with the opposite…I was "saved" when I was five. Haven't done anything "bad" or broken many rules…why shouldn't He love me or call me? (Yuck, right?)
      BUT, I think that if I consistantly spend time with Him, in prayer or "renewing" myself with the truth in His word, that there would no longer a place for that kind of ignorance and pride on my part. Because the more honest I am with Him, the more it will reveal to me how desperately I need Him because I'm NOT so great. I'm quite prideful (and it is VERY misplaced), rude, selfish, judgmental, envious, manipulative, etc. And knowing that about myself should drive me to Him and away from the enemy's lie that I'm not so bad and have it figured out. Because it really is all about Him and because of Him. Not all about me. But despite me.
      So thanks for opening up about examining motives. It was a good reminder to me about how honesty in my prayer life helps keep things in perspective….mainly that, He is great. He is worthy. He is what it's all about.

  • I read the verse on God’s amazing grace yesterday, and loved that it was a part of the reading today. He truly is all we need and I am still struggling with that. In my head, I know it to be truth but in my heart, I sometimes just can’t believe it. There are so many weaknesses in me, that many times I think they are far stronger than my God. I pray He be patient with me, as, by His grace, I surrender every part of my life to Him. That will be my prayer for everyone as well.

    • Jesyka

      For some reason, this reminded me of a prayer that I came across a few years ago and wrote down…may have been a reminder just for me, but I thought I'd share anyway.
      "Thou art the God of the early mornings, the God of the late at nights, the God of the mountain peaks and the God of the sea; but, my God, my soul has further horizons than the early mornings, deeper darkness than the nights of earth, higher peaks than any mountain peaks, greater depths than any see in nature. Thou who art the God of all these, be my God. I cannot reach to the heights or to the depths; there are motives I cannot trace, dreams I cannot get at-my God, search me out." (Psalm 139, implications-Oswald Chambers)

  • I love how in the message it says my grace is enough, it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. I love this verse that says God uses our inadequacies and sometimes puts us in situations so we really rely on him completely. I was also trying to figure out how the two passages fit together as well. I agree with what you are saying Nicki.

  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 has always been a favorite verse of mine. Today, it means even more when contrasted with the other verses, Mark 12:38-40. The times of weakness, or brokenness can be so hard, but those are the times Christ uses to fill us. We can have His power instead of our own. How much better that is than to be like the alternative…trying to exalt and boast in myself and my own power, which is NOTHING compared to the power of God!

  • Amen about the weaknesses! I surely have those. one thing I noticed to parallel between these two passages. I wondered, why were these paired together today? I think it is because god wants us to realize that we are to rely on Him, not our own abilities. the Pharisees in Jesus' day tried to make themselves out to be good and loved by men, while our goal is to glorify god not ourselves and let His power be made perfect in our weaknesses. Because as strong as we may think we are, we truly are nothing without Him. that's what I got. Also, I have started writing out the Scriptures as some of you suggest, and it's amazing how much that helps!

    • Laura

      At first I was wondering the same thing. But I think you're right – it is all about being real about who we are. We are weaknesses. God is strength. We are sinful. God is grace. If we pretend to be anything more than that, we lose sight of who God is in our lives. And if we hide our weaknesses and our sins, other people aren't able to see how much God works through us. As a parent, these verses reminded me that even in my weakness and my failures, I am teaching my kids how to rely on God. It isn't about being perfect. It is about being imperfect with a gracious God.

  • Jenninablog

    My fears and "what ifs" are controlled by HIS omnipotent hands. He gives me the grace that is sufficient to use any of my weaknesses so that HIS power can fill me and al my circumstances can bring HIM glory

  • One of today’s main truths, which was also this week’s weekly truth has been the main focus of my study this week. Like you Lynn, my life is full of weakness! I am so thankful that I can embrace these handicaps (as The Message calls them) as gifts from God and allow Him to make me stronger through them!

    • awarriorstance

      I too read the Message verses and thought that God has given us all handicaps so we keep in 'constant touch' with our limitations. Like the verses the other day, everything God created is good so we should not reject it.

  • “Gods grace is all the I need. His power works in my weakness”. That is such exciting news because I have so much weakness in my life and so desperately need His grace. Such a great verse to focus on today – to commit to memory and to stand on day by day. Another wonderful promise from a Heavenly Father who loves me unconditionally.

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