Does Prayer Matter?
Today’s reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-2 Corinthians 1:11
My selection: 2 Corinthians 1:11
11 You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
My reflections: Paul has been through great trials. In one case, he and those with him were so burdened beyond their strength that they “despaired of life itself.” But God delivered them then and Paul knew He would do it again (vs. 9-10). He did not assume that no more trials would come his way, but he did assume that as God had been with them in the past, He would be with them in the future.
Perhaps surprisingly, we see that Paul counted on the prayers of his friends in Corinth to help him. This does not indicate a lack of trust in God or a view that God can do nothing unless we pray. It did indicate that Paul knew that God uses means to accomplish His purposes and He is glorified when His people draw together in prayer to Him and, thus, become part of the means God uses to fulfill His will.
My challenge: Are you convinced that your prayer for others is a vital and essential means through which God blesses and helps them? When it comes to prayer, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit… ” (Romans 12:11). Remember your prayer does matter because God works through it to accomplish His purposes.
Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Corinthians 1:12-6:2