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April 29 2018
2 Corinthians 1:3-14 (ESV)
I was recently reading a book on prayer in which the author commented on the ridiculously comfortable lives that most American Christians enjoy and how our lifestyles might be affecting our perspective on prayer.
The idea was that most of us live lives of zero need and little want. We might not always feel like we have it made but compared to the religious persecution political turmoil and/or cultural oppression of millions of human beings past and present we have much to be thankful for.
But what impact does our incredible blessedness play on our relationship with prayer?
Indeed one of the reasons that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven is not because it is a sin to be wealthy but because wealth and worldly abundance can trick us into thinking we have everything we need when in reality the only thing that can truly satisfy us is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ our Creator and Savior.
There was a lot of talk a few years ago about the “1 percent” the small group of the richest Americans who possess the vast majority of our country’s wealth. Political views aside at the time many protesters and pundits alike failed to consider that even many working class Americans while not rich in comparison to the wealthiest Americans are among the wealthiest people globally.
It’s no surprise that when believers experience persecution or live under tyrannical rule that they are more likely to pray and lean on God.
While many of us living in the United States are blessed with abundance we must be careful not to allow the meeting of our physical needs to overshadow our spiritual needs.
According to 2 Corinthians 1:3-14 Christ comforts us in all of our afflictions so that we may comfort others.
“And our hope for you is firm because we know that as you share in the sufferings so you will also share in the comfort” (2 Cor. 1:7).