J. Gerald Harris, Editor, The Christian Index

READ II Corinthians 12:9

Frequently God answers prayers directly, but sometimes He answers prayers differently. When the answer is different it is more difficult to ascertain that it is an even answer at all. However, some spiritual sensitivity will help the believer to understand that an omniscient God has decided to respond differently than we expected.

In II Corinthians 12 the Apostle Paul admits to having an infirmity and declares that he prayed three times that God might deliver him from this debilitating affliction. Did God answer Paul’s prayer?  Indeed, He did, but not as Paul had thought.

Instead of providing healing from the infirmity that Paul considered a physical liability, God decided that what the Apostle needed most was the grace to endure his affliction. Was that a good answer? It was a great answer, because Paul said, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

God’s answer to Paul’s pray was not direct, but different. It was the very best answer, because any true Christian would rather have some infirmity and the power of God upon his life than to have good health and no divine power upon his life.

PRAY:
Dear all wise Father in Heaven, give me a discerning heart so that I will know when You answer my prayers differently than I what I expected. I also pray that You will help me realize that You know more about what is best for me than I know myself. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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