8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. (2 Corinthians 1:8 – 11, New International Version)
Theme: The Local Church
It was really helpful to read the feedback on the passage yesterday. Thanks!
As we close out our consideration of the Discipline of Prayer in the local church we will reflect on the impact of corporate prayer as attested to by the Apostle Paul.
Today’s passage is 2 Corinthians 1:8 – 11 (presented above). Please take note of Paul’s strong link between the prayers of the church and the continued deliverance of those labouring in ministry.
There are many places around the world where God’s ministers are enduring tremendous pressure. What strategies do you employ, or can you employ to ensure your local church is helping by praying?