2 Corinthians 12:7-9 – Sufficient Grace

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

-Grace is perhaps the most vital aspect in the relationship between God and man.  Grace is the unmerited favor of God and it is essential since none of humanity actually merits the favor of God.  (Romans 3:10-18)  It should follow that praying for Grace would be a necessity for everyone; for the lost, Grace that would lead to salvation, and for the saved, Grace to stay in the Lord’s will.  How much Grace do we pray for, though?  Asking for too much sounds self-indulgent, but asking for just enough seems rather limiting to God.  We certainly don’t want to ask for less than we need.  Fortunately, scripture comes along and provides us with an idea of “sufficient Grace” and from that, we learn exactly how to pray for it.  Don’t ask for too much, too little, or just enough; ask God to give you Grace that is sufficient.  God may sometimes give more than others, but we can rest assured that He will always give just the right amount.

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