Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me!

(J. R. Miller, “Miller’s Year Book–a Year’s Daily Readings”)

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me! But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you–for My power is made perfect in your weakness!’ ” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Many prayers which seem to be unanswered–are really answered. The blessing comes–but in a form we do not recognize. Instead of the very thing we sought–something better is given!

The burden is not lifted away–but we are sustained beneath it.

We are not spared the suffering–but in the suffering we are brought nearer to God, and receive more of His grace.

The sorrow is not taken away–but is changed to joy.

Our ignorant prayers are taken into the hands of the great Intercessor, and are answered in ways far wiser than our thought!

Instead of earthly trifles–heavenly riches!

Instead of things which our poor wisdom sought–things God’s infinite wisdom chose for us!

Instead of pleasure for a day–gain for eternity!

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4 responses to “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me!

  1. Amen! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    – Amanda

    • Thanks Amanda. I also enjoy reading these devotionals from preachers of days gone by. Their work continues to be a blessing for Christians long after they have gone home to be with the Lord.

  2. Tishrei,

    Realizing that God’s answer is that His grace is sufficient helps us to humbly bow down to His wisdom and love….. Being carried by grace is awesome.


    • Hi Margaret,

      I have this book by John MacArthur titled “Lord, teach us to pray.” It’s really a great little book and it goes through the very point you brought up. His grace is most certainly sufficient.

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