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Thursday, October 18, 2012


Awake in the night with burning stomach and muscle cramps; I know this to be typical if only occasional effect of my cancer treatments. I am also having spiritual cramps. I am able to pray while I am up in the night. But my mind will not move on from people I have prayed for whose lives are crashing in sin or its consequences. Some of them were people for whom I had seen great answers to prayer. I understand Paul’s lamentation in 2 Corinthians chapter 11.

“And, apart from other things,
there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.
Who is weak, and I am not weak?
Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?”
I do not enjoy this trial. And I am tempted to give up on such prayers. But I know the Heavenly Physician is subjecting me to spiritual treatments. I am the silver chalice being purified in this fiery blast furnace. And by God’s grace some of these for whom I pray will yet drink the life changing elixir from God’s vessel that is being formed.


  1. Love the application in 2Cor 4:7, "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us." (NIV)
    There was little value in the clay jar itself but in what the jar held. To release the valuable contents the jar was simply broken to release the fragrant ointment.
    Through our being broken, the clay jar, the treasure of the Spirit is released.