I mentioned yesterday that the past couple of weeks have been physically challenging. Those days were not filled though with beatings, imprisonment, torture – well maybe a bit of that, stoning – non pharmaceutical, or being left for dead.
In my case I found most of my prayer focused on relief from pain and discomfort. When I look at Paul’s prayer in the midst of all that he endured. I find a completely different focus. He is praying for those whom he has equipped to blossom to their full potential in Christ.
I am challenged and rebuked. All too quickly when under pressure or pain, my focus turns inward, toward my needs, my wants. But with Paul 2 Corinthians 11:22 – 29 clearly describes his focus even under pressure or pain. He is praying for the gospel to spread and grow through the churches he has served.
I have a lot to learn.