2 Cor. 12:8-9
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"Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
Every Christian knows the sheer delight of answered prayer. Regardless of how long you've been saved, I know you've had at least one prayer answered-the "sinner's prayer." If you've been a Christian any length of time, you've also experienced the frustration of unanswered prayer.
You've read verses like, Jeremiah 33:3 NIV "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Or Ephesians. 3:20 NIV "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," and claimed them for your need. But when the dust was settled, your need remained and God had said "no."
How can that be? Did God go back on His promises?
In our text today, Paul admits that he too experienced the frustration of unanswered prayer. Three times Paul asked God to remove a thorn in his flesh and three times, God said "no."
What does God say when people pray? Sometimes, He says "no."
Aren't you glad He does? I mean, what kind of shape would your life be in today if God said "yes" to everything you ever asked from Him?
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