But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9
Do you have something that drags you down? Maybe it's a chronic illness that tears at your body and soul. Maybe it is a relationship that is wearing you down. Maybe you are stuck in a job that is neither satisfying nor fulfilling. Maybe you are estranged from a son or daughter. You have prayed and prayed ... and yet no answer seems to be coming.
If you have an ongoing prayer for an ongoing need, then you can relate to the apostle Paul. Although we don't know what Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was, we know he wanted it out of his life. In three separate times of intense prayer, he asked God to take it away. But each time God said, "No." God used the "thorn" to keep Paul dependent on Him. The "thorn" was a continual reminder of God's sufficient grace. It was Paul's weakness that best demonstrated God's strength.
We don't invite thorns into our lives. And when they come, we pray for God to take them away. But sometimes He doesn't. This doesn't mean He has forgotten you, or has lost interest in you, or doesn't care for you. God doesn't waste your time. He is reminding you that He is all you need, that His grace is abundant and that He shows up with great power in your weakness. Like Paul, you can say, "For when I am weak, then I am strong."
Father, thank You for the thorns. Show Your awesome power through my weakness and inadequacy. In Jesus' name. Amen.