Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2 Corinthians 1:9b-11aNIV 2011

But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 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, as you help us by your prayers.

 

Though Paul used “we” in his second letter to Corinth he was writing of his own experience in the area of Turkey today. His words are similar to Jeremiah, 17:7, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Feeling as if he had been raised from the dead, Paul remained confident he’d be delivered and hopeful in Christ. Philippians 1:19, “for I know that through your prayers and God’s provisions of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened will turn out for my deliverance.” Prayers of penitent petitioners provide protection from peril for God’s people.

 

Driving from Denver to my sister’s farm in Kersey, Colorado, Dawn was safely buckled into the back seat of the ’66 Mustang. Snow was falling and the roads were getting treacherous which concerned me. Driving through Greely a car slid toward us and I steered toward the curb to avoid peril. I shot up an arrow prayer as the car slid by. The steering damper’s damage didn’t stop our progress. My mom and sister were praying us through the snow.

 

When has someone’s prayers protected you?

 

Petitioning Him daily,

S

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