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TAKE THE “NO”

Day 11 | 08.14

“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me”

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9

Sometimes when we pray the answer that we receive from God is a “no”. We want Him to bring relief to painful situations in our lives. But we must not miss God’s voice because He is saying something that we don’t want to hear. We think that the answer to our prayer is what we need, but what we really need is more of God. If He is telling us “no” then He has a better plan. We must learn to walk through brokenness. We do this by realizing that God’s strength works best when we are weak. When we are at the least of us, that’s when we get the best of God.

Discussion Questions

•   2 Corinthians 12 shows us how Paul dealt with pain and hurt that just would not go away. How can you apply Paul’s actions in your own life?

•   God tells us in Corinthians that His grace is all we need, because His power works best in weakness. Journal about a time of weakness in which God’s grace rescued you. How was this better than competing with your own strength?

•   Has God ever responded to one of your prayers in a way that differed from your proposed approach? How did He use your pain to do something good?

•   Oftentimes we think we need “something,” when what we really need is more of Him. Think of some ways that you can receive more of God during your quiet and prayer times.

Prayer Focus

Confess the areas where you feel weak to God. Allow Him to fill you, declare His strength and might in the midst of your weakness.

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Next Steps

Hopefully, you have seen the value of life groups in your life. Consider stepping out and hosting your own group. Hosting a group is simple—choose a topic or activity that interests you and select a time and location to meet with others to share it. Attend Life Group Leadership Training for more information.