Instead 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 NLT

1 This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations
from the Lord.
2 I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my
body, I don’t know—only God knows.
3 Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know
4 that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed
in words, things no human is allowed to tell.
5 That experience is worth boasting about, but I’m not going to do it. I will boast only about my
6 If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t
do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear
in my message,
7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from
becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and
keep me from becoming proud.
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am
glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and
troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than
4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Motives that lead to prayer:
What to remember when God says no:
• God has a clearer PERSPECTIVE than ours
• God has a better PLAN than ours
• God has a higher PURPOSE than ours
I asked for strength and God gave me difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for wisdom and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity and God gave me brawn and brains to work.
I asked for courage and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience and God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted and I received everything I needed.
My prayers have all been answered.
– Adapted from the Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier

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