May 29, 2022
“Burdened Beyond Our Strength”
1. Be Aware of the Affliction (v. 8)
A. What Affliction?
B. Not the way it is supposed to be
Last day of creation
C. Burdened beyond our strength
D. Despaired of Life Itself
2. The Death Sentence (vs. 9, 10)
A. A One-Way Ticket
B. The God Who Reverses Death
C. Past, Future, and Present (v. 10)
3. PRAYER! (v. 11)
B. If Paul asks for prayer…
C. A Reason for Thanks
D. God answers prayer!
E. Who needs prayer today?
1. Are you or someone you know in despair today like Paul and Elijah? Pray for them now?
2. Who are you praying for today? Who do you pray with?
Follow Up in the Word through the Week…
Read: 1 Kings 19:1-18.
Read: Zechariah 3:1-5.
Who is accusing the high priest Joshua in this vision that the prophet has? What does God do for Joshua and what does that accomplish for him as a result? What has Satan accused you of and how have you asked God to remove that “stain” from you?
Read: Philippians 3:1-10.
What power does Paul rely upon in this life and in the next? Does the resurrection of Jesus have an impact on your life today?
Read: Romans 4:16-25.
According to verse 17 how is God described? Even before Jesus was resurrected God was known to be the one “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17 ESV).
How does grief change with the truth of this passage? When reading the entire account in this chapter, how do your times of grief reflect the understanding that Paul wants us to have?
Read: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11.
How has this passage helped you to understand suffering and comfort differently? Are you praying with someone on a regular weekly basis?