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  • Writer's pictureKami Pentecost

What's Your Thorn?

Updated: Jul 3

“For this is why a thorn in my flesh was given to me, the Adversary’s messenger sent to harass me, keeping me from becoming arrogant. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to relieve me of this. But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12‬:‭7‬-‭10‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Have you ever prayed for something so hard, so consistently, so desperately to only not get an answer, or at least NOT the answer you had hoped for?

I sure have. I have "pleaded with the Lord" multiple times in my life to relieve me of the hold Alcohol has had over me AND I pleaded with the Lord to save my marriage, heal my marriage,

heal us! I believe without a shadow of a doubt it is when I am weak I feel more deeply the mighty power of Christ resting on me just as the text reads today. I will say I didn't want to have a problem with alcohol. I didn't want my story to include divorce.

I didn't want to be one of those people. How prideful. How selfish. More and more I find myself saying, "Yes Lord, I surrender. Run the show! Take the wheel." My weaknesses definitely keep me from being arrogant, reminding me how human I am and how much I am in need of a savior. I need that reminder regularly because I am so strong willed. Maybe you can relate. I have found that until I can get honest and admit complete defeat Im keeping the father from healing, breakthrough and victory. I am truly powerless in so many ways.

Thank you, Lord that through my weaknesses I get to be a portal for your power. Help me not to fight or wrestle in the flesh or worry, but instead, be still, resting in the reality that you are in full control. I pray not my will, but thy will be done. I am taking on your yoke, Lord and learning from you. I know your yoke is easy, and your burden is light. Amen

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