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Today’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1

Have you ever gone through something hard in life and wondered “why is this happening to me”? Or maybe you’ve had someone break a promise, causing doubt that you could trust them again. Life is hard—everyone you know is going through something. We all suffer and we all face troubles.

Paul speaks about these questions in the first chapter of his second letter to the Corinthians. Corinth was well known for its idolatry and immorality. It’s no wonder why these new Christians had a hard time, or why Paul wrote several letters and made multiple visits to help this struggling church.

Paul is talking specifically about trouble that is related to their faith and suffering for Christ. In verse 5 (NIV), Paul says that he is sharing “abundantly in the sufferings of Christ” and, in verses 8-11, he describes trouble that was so serious, he thought he was going to die. He was risking his life for Christ! Later in this letter, he defends his authority as an apostle by talking about how he suffered for Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:9
In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.

Paul came close to death that there could be no more hope for him in this life, but only in the resurrection. This put an end to Paul’s self-confidence, helping him know that only God (not man) could help him with the things that really count.  God can redeem our suffering and use it to get our attention and make us realize our dependence on him for absolutely everything.

Don’t pin your hopes on man or anything this world can offer. Look to God for your hope, your joy, and your fulfillment—even in death—for he is the God who raises the dead! If we trust him through our hard times, he will be greatly glorified.

So Paul requested help for himself from the Corinthians by asking for their prayers. Paul learned this lesson: “Put not your trust in men.” What can men do? They can pray to God, for whom nothing is impossible, for help.

Questions:
When you face suffering, where do you go first for comfort? When in your life did you feel God’s comfort the most? How would you explain it to someone else who is suffering?

Next Steps:
God doesn’t help us in our time of need so we will keep it to ourselves. He comforts us so we may bring the same relief to others. Share with someone you know who may need that comfort.

21 Days of Prayer –Day 19
Today’s Prayer Focus: This weekend’s church services—for each guest to be ready and open to receive what God offers this weekend

Prayer:
Together, let’s pray for our weekend services. We pray that each and every guest is open to receiving from God this weekend. We also pray for our DreamTeams to help each guest know that they matter by loving them the way Jesus loves us.

21 Days of Prayer –Day 20
Saturday’s Prayer Focus: Those who don’t know Jesus—your unbelieving friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors (1 Timothy 2:3-6)

Prayer:
Together, let’s pray for those around us (consider including specific names)—that God would draw their hearts to him, and that our friends, family members, coworkers, and neighbors would begin to understand how much God loves them and devel- op a relationship with him.

21 Days of Prayer –Day 21
Sunday’s Prayer Focus: Praise and worship—praise God for what he has done and worship him for who he is. (Psalm 95:6-7)

Prayer:
As we close out our 21 Days of Prayer, let’s thank God for all he has done in our lives and throughout these 21 days. Let’s also worship God by putting our focus on who he is! Finally, listen to him and receive what he has for you.


This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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9 replies
  1. Carol Sprague
    Carol Sprague says:

    For years, the LIO has been an important part of my morning quiet time with the Lord. So thankful for this team of inspirational writers. The prayer today was particularly meaningful. I wrote it down on an index card and placed ii in my Bible for future reference. Thanks.

  2. Kathy Hendry
    Kathy Hendry says:

    Thank you for today’s living it out and prayer! This will be another daily prayer I will say. Thank you!

  3. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Recognize the lies of the enemy and replace it with the truth of God’s power and concern! Wonderful reminder Mike, thank you!

  4. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you Pam. Your article inspires me to be a better listener. It’s hard when someone you love is going through a difficult time and needs you to just listen. I always want to “fix” it by telling them what they need to do. Maybe I should just listen.

  5. Carol Gravelle
    Carol Gravelle says:

    I want to thank the Living It Out team who writes these devotionals each day. I am encouraged by each of them, and I’m growing as a child of God by “living it (them) out!”

    Thank you!

    PS – My son (Kevin), daughter-in-law (Traci), and grandkids (Benjamin, Ethan, and Elise) attend your Perrysburg campus. I’ve also worshiped there with them several times a year (I’m from Dayton), which has been a real blessing!!

  6. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you for writing today Jen. This is good food for thought. I am an avoider. “Let’s not discuss the elephant in the room”. I find that issues get bigger and take over my mind when I do this though. I’m learning to speak up.

  7. Luke Shortridge
    Luke Shortridge says:

    Great post, Lydia! Love the context on the Joshua verse! Also, this is such an important principle… we get so focused on where we want to go and what future work we want to accomplish… that we miss being faithful with what God has set before us ight now!

  8. Kathy Shortridge
    Kathy Shortridge says:

    Lydia, you are such a gifted writer! Thank you for using your talents and for inspiring others to God’s glory!

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