For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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II Corinthians 1:11
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in the whole of Achaia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
Our prayers are effective. They include praise, worship and raising the needs of others before the Lord. Our sufferings have purpose as well. They remind us each time that our God is able to deliver and enable us to be of comfort to others who suffer, pointing them to the one who comforts us all. What happens to us is mere circumstance, much like the resistance in weight training that we use to exercise and build our muscular strength. The Balm of Gilead, a salve that soothes is Christ and he is our comfort. This can be shared with others who suffer. We receive encouragement when we encourage others. Let us spread the comfort of the sweet cream of Christ over those around us who suffer. Let us take it for ourselves when we suffer and know its comfort. Spread prayer over our land so it may be healed of the evil that has invaded like an insidious infection. Spread prayer before the infection gets into the blood stream and vital organs and kills the living organism of our nation. Spread prayer to give comfort to the oppressed, neglected and abused. Spread prayer and know its power. Spread prayer and see its power.
“…You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. …”
“…Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, …”