Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-12.
We Christians believe we carry about the “treasure” of heaven within us, unworthy vessels though we be. And so the way of the Christian life is one of unending hope. Boundless, conquering, unquenchable hope. For even in the darkest of times and the most difficult of experiences, those who keep their eyes on Jesus are enabled to endure. No matter how hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted or struck down they be, they escape being crushed, in despair, abandoned or destroyed. This is not because of our strength, the strength of the vessel, rather:
“… this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
And to what end are we hopeful? Even the end is not for ourselves, but for the God who has given us this treasure:
“… so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. … so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.”
With that in mind, how then should I pray for my life this day?
My God and Father in heaven, as Christ laid down his life for all, and as Paul laid down his life for other believers so “life” could be “at work in” them, may I lay down my life today for others. May I do so in faith that your life, our real hope in this life, might be seen by all. Enable others to see beyond my earthenware vessel and to see you. Enable me to look beyond the circumstances of this life and see your work in the midst of all things. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.