Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all those times that you have strengthened me when I was under trial, given me wisdom when in a difficult situation, or empowered me when I faced situations and opportunities greater than my ability to handle. I recognize that you saved me by your grace; but each day that I serve you, I am again reminded that your grace continues to propel me through my service to you. Thank you, in Jesus' name. Amen.
One of Paul's recurring themes throughout 2 Corinthians is that God's strength is made perfect in weakness. In 1 Corinthians, he emphasizes that the strength, wisdom, and power of God are shown in what is normally a sign of weakness and humiliation — the Cross (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5). Paul wasn't unadventurous — even during all trials, he endured and kept on serving the Lord (2 Corinthians 11:24-27). He just knew that even with all his training and talent, he wasn't skilled, smart, or strong enough to do all that needed to be done for the Kingdom of God. But he knew that when we recognize our insufficiency, God takes our weakness and uses it powerfully when we offer ourselves to him!
Conclusion: If Paul, and believers like you and me, turns aside for a few moments to boast ‘according to the flesh,’ our thoughts would soon flow back into a channel more customary to one who has been ‘created anew’ in Christ. We are, then, obliged to boast somewhat. But it becomes more natural, to Paul, to boast of those things which to the ordinary man are a weakness. (see 2 Corinthians 11:21)
POWER 5 - Is a 5 minutes prayer that kickstarts your day with the most powerful source of Goodness, Love and Grace. Invite a family or a friend to share this with you.