“I have felt so discouraged & tempted to lose hope.”
Those words arrived in an email from a woman who heard me on the radio. She fears that her faith in Christ is not strong enough. She prays for her sons who are not following the Lord. After 14 years of prayer, she wonders if she should give up on them. Added to that are worries related to last year's convulsive events, especially the spread of the Coronavirus.
We all wonder from time to time if our prayers matter. We know we should pray and not give up (Luke 18:1), and we know God honors persevering prayer (Luke 11:9-10). But sometimes it’s easier to say, “Lord, I can’t hold on any longer. You’ll have to take it from here.”
We need a new way of thinking that doesn’t drag us down. Until we see things from God’s point of view, we will continually make mistakes. We will drive into the ditch, we will turn down dead-end roads, and we will give up too soon.
That’s the point Paul makes in 2 Corinthians 5:16-17. In these two verses, he explains how he changed his mind about others, Christ, and himself. If we do what he did, our lives will be changed forever.
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