Perhaps you began this devotional and dared to hope that by the seventh day, your anxiety would be significantly lessened. This may well be the case, since placing yourself in the Lord’s presence is the only true remedy. But even if you are experiencing less anxiety right now, you can be reasonably confident that you haven’t seen the last of it. Don’t worry. God has a purpose even in that.
In 2 Corinthians 12:1–10, Paul relates a rapturous experience, then explains his persistent prayers to have a “thorn in his flesh” removed. It matters little what this “thorn” was. Here’s the key: God chose not to remove Paul’s struggle, because the struggle pointed him to the realization that he was weak, but that God is strong. God’s grace must be (and is) enough. God sometimes leaves us with weakness so that we will remain conscious of our need for his strength. Truly, this is an inestimable gift, and it comes only when we are forced to acknowledge our weakness!
Do you see the pattern? Your anxiety should lead you to plead to God, which places you in his presence. And this is the only place strength can be found. So your weakness leads you to Strength. Anxiety then becomes an opportunity for peace.
You do not need to become anxious about your recurring anxiety. If you can remain in this cycle that leads you back to the feet of Jesus, all will be well.
Take the time now to pray through 2 Corinthians 12:1–10. Bear your heart before God regarding your weaknesses. Continue to place Paul’s bold assertions about God’s strengthening grace before the Lord until they become your own.
As you continue to engage with God through prayer, be sure to use the tools available to you that remind you to pray throughout the day. The Echo Prayer App is one of those tools that not only helps you keep track of your prayers, but also reminds you to pray. Be sure to use Echo to engage with God through anxious times. You can download the Echo Prayer App today on iTunes or Google Play .