My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9a

Lord of all might,

You are all-powerful and can do all things. Sometimes You show that power through mighty acts, as You did when You sent the plagues upon Egypt and parted the Red Sea for the children of Israel. But other times You choose to show Your strength rather through weakness. Your greatest moment of strength was as You hung upon the cross, which looked to all the world as though Your plan had failed and ended in utter weakness. May we remember that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” (1 Corinthians 1:25). You “chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise” and “the weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Rather than choosing princes and people of influence, You picked humble fishermen, a despised tax collector, and a mistrusted Zealot, among others, to serve as Your apostles. Lord, each one of us knows our own weaknesses and laments over them. We know our failings all too well, and so often we try to hide them from others. Forgive us for these failings, but also work through them to accomplish Your perfect purpose through our imperfect lives. Help us to embrace the attitude Paul shared, that “I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me… For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

Lord, I lay before You my weaknesses and ask You to work through them…

In Your name I pray. Amen.

For a full explanation of this challenge, see the post 12-Minute Prayer Challenge. If you are just joining us, feel free to continue on with us from the current day, or if you prefer, you can go back and start at Day 1.