Happy Friday! Sisters and brothers, have you ever found yourself waiting for something to change? Maybe you were waiting for a traffic light to change, a price on something you’ve wanted to change or for someone to change.
Today’s devotion is focused on the final verses in 2 Corinthians 7. The verses continue with Paul being encouraged by the Corinthian church’s transformation. Join me as we finish chapter seven.
“11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. 12 My purpose, then, was not to write about who did the wrong or who was wronged. I wrote to you so that in the sight of God you could see for yourselves how loyal you are to us. 13 We have been greatly encouraged by this.
In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was about the way all of you welcomed him and set his mind[a] at ease. 14 I had told him how proud I was of you—and you didn’t disappoint me. I have always told you the truth, and now my boasting to Titus has also proved true! 15 Now he cares for you more than ever when he remembers the way all of you obeyed him and welcomed him with such fear and deep respect. 16 I am very happy now because I have complete confidence in you.” – 2 Corinthians 7:11-16 NLT
Many people have spent years waiting for someone to change. I’ve had opportunities to pray with and hear mothers in prayer for their children, their finances and marriages. I’ve seen prayer warriors fervently standing in prayer on behalf of others, calling out to the Lord for a person or situation to change. I believe these verses are a reminder for us to never give up on praying for people and situations to change. We know without a doubt that God can change anyone’s heart. Let us continue to encourage one another in word, deed and prayer. Ask God to continue to work on that friend, that spouse, that child(ren), that boss, that co-worker, and unbelievers to find Christ and change.
Don’t give up waiting. Keep praying for transformation. God can change anything.
Father God, thank you for your word. Lord, thank you for insight to see that You were at work in the lives of the Corinthian people. Even while Paul continued to pursue them with the truth of your word you used him to wake up your children and you transformed the people. Lord, only you can complete such intimate work and transformation. Lord, thank you for allowing us to be vessels to share your word, teachings and promises to those who need to hear from you. Lord, you are the Alpha and Omega. As you continue to work in us and transform us, help us to encourage our sisters and brothers in the faith. Help us to stand in the gap in prayer for transformation of our loved ones and those who don’t know Christ intimately. Father, we pray for children (young and adult) to come to know you and surrender their lives to you. We pray for their transformation into godly males and females who pursue you and the things of you with passion and diligence. Father, we pray over financial struggles and ask that you provide for every financial need. We pray for the homeless and ask that you begin to turn their situations around. Father God, transform us spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally to who you have designed us to be. Keep working in us and while we wait for others to be transformed, soften our hearts and humble our spirits to watch you work out all the details. Lord, we pray for those having surgery today and ask for a successful outcome. We pray for the doctors, that you would give them wisdom and discernment during the procedures and follow up treatments. We pray for those who are recovering from surgeries and illnesses and ask for complete healing. Lord we pray for those who have family members who have died from the Coronavirus and ask that you comfort them. Lord, we also pray for those who are ill with the virus and ask that you stop the spread of the virus and cure those infected by it. In the name of Jesus Christ we ask all these things, amen.
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