2 Corinthians 12:8–9 (NKJV)
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We are often under the belief that if we serve the LORD faithfully, He will always answer our prayers. But the essence of this passage cannot be fully realized until the LORD does not answer our prayer. No one knows what the “thorn” was that the Apostle Paul experienced, but there are two things the Scripture reveals to us. First, it was of a physical nature (in the flesh v.7), and second, it was from Satan.
The Scripture also gives us the reason for God’s action. Too often we take God for granted, get spiritually high-minded and tend to glory in our human ministry efforts. When we fully understand that God works best through us, when we are at our weakest point, He receives all the glory.
We glory when God shows up strong and answers our prayers. But can we be like Paul and glory in (our infirmities) those times when He does not?