- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Corinthians 12
Vision, Revelation and thorn in the flesh.
To defend his credential as apostleship, Apostle Paul boasted of his two experiences.
He spoke of the abundance of revelation, mystical experience, seeing the different level of heaven, sensing being taken up to it, hearing secret revelation, which was a typical elements of Jewish mysticism at that time.
Thorn in the flesh has been variously interpreted as some kind of disability or illness or just his continual worrying about his churches. Whichever it was interpreted, it must be mostly likely something noticeable that impeded Apostle Paul’s life and ministry. God did not remove it even though he prayed for healing. “My power is made perfect in weakness,” was the answer from God. In his weakness, he found the power of God working in him.
Apostle Paul planned to visit Corinthian church the third time. Because of hard feeling he had from the church, however, he sent Titus and other brother instead so that he would not be a burden to them nor would he cause quarreling, jealousy, anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder among the congregation. He also was reluctant to visit them because he was grieved over those who had not repented their sin.
Chapter 12 indicated that Apostle Paul was still grieving over Corinthian church.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.