Pray Every Day

Pray Every Day

2 Corinthians 1

December 16, 2020

Today’s Scripture:

From Paul to God’s called ones, his church in Corinth.

I have been chosen by Jesus Christ to be his apostle according to God’s perfect plan. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing to you and all the holy believers throughout the Roman province of Achaia.[a] 2 May undeserved favor and endless peace be yours continually from our Father God and from our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!

3 All praises belong to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he is the Father of tender mercy and the God of endless comfort.[b] 4 He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us. 5 And just as we experience the abundance of Christ’s own sufferings,[c] even more of God’s comfort will cascade upon us through our union with Christ.

6 If troubles weigh us down, that just means that we will receive even more comfort to pass on to you for your deliverance! For the comfort pouring into us empowers us to bring comfort to you. And with this comfort upholding you, you can endure victoriously the same suffering that we experience. 7 Now our hope for you is unshakable,[d] because we know that just as you share in our sufferings you will also share in God’s comforting strength.

8 Brothers and sisters, you need to know about the severe trials we experienced while we were in western Turkey.[e] All of the hardships we passed through crushed us beyond our ability to endure, and we were so completely overwhelmed that we were about to give up entirely.[f] 9 It felt like we[g] had a death sentence written upon our hearts, and we still feel it to this day. It has taught us to lose all faith in ourselves and to place all of our trust in the God who raises the dead. 10 He has rescued us from terrifying encounters with death. And now we fasten our hopes on him to continue to deliver us from death yet again, 11 as you labor together with us through prayer.[h] Because there are so many interceding for us, our deliverance will cause even more people to give thanks to God. What a gracious gift of mercy surrounds us because of your prayers!

12 We rejoice in saying with complete honesty and a clear conscience[i] that God has empowered us to conduct ourselves[j] in a holy manner and with no hidden agenda.[k] God’s marvelous grace enables us to minister to everyone with pure motives, not in the clever wisdom of the world. This is especially true in all of our dealings with you. 13 We write to you with words that are clearly understood...