devotional post # 2148
2 Corinthians 1:9-11
2 Cor 1:9 Yes, we ourselves were living with the verdict of a death sentence, with the result that we did not have confidence in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead,
2 Cor 1:10 who rescued us out of so great a death, and will rescue. We have set our confident expectation on him, that he will rescue us yet again,
2 Cor 1:11 you also helping together on our behalf by your prayers, so that thanks will be given by many people on our behalf for the gracious gift given to us by many people.
Most of the time when I was living in the Philippines I did not fear action taken against me. But I can remember one sleepless night when I started thinking that I might not be as safe as I thought I was. I thought my family was a target of terrorists, and that this night might be our last. One of the things that helped me — even during that terrible night — was the fact that there were lots of people praying for us.
That is the kind of confidence Paul talks about here. He does not trust his own ability to survive the death sentence his team is under, but he does trust God, and the prayers of his saints.
LORD, keep us praying, and keep protecting your servants.