August 3, 2014
Consolation Granted Through Prayer
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Unifying Principle (Focus)
In times of trouble, communities may seek consolation
and protection from some power or force beyond themselves. What consolation do Christians receive when
seeking assistance from a higher power?
Paul gave testimony of God’s consolation in times of hardship and gave
thanks for the mutual consolation that comes from praying for one another.
Goals for the Learners
To in investigate what Paul told the Corinthians about affliction and reliance on God for consolation.
To increase sensitivity to the whole community’s need for God’s protection and consolation.
To find opportunities to offer God’s protection and consolation to the community.
Lesson Challenges for the Week
Identify at least five people or groups who are suffering and offer intercessory prayers for them this week.
Consider volunteering in a hospital, hospice, nursing home, or other facility where people need to incarnate God’s presence for those who are suffering. Contact the facility to arrange for a meeting with the director of volunteers to see how you might serve.
Check the website www.persecution.com to find the names and stories of persons who, like Paul, are suffering for their faith. Offer prayer and any other type of support that you can for at least one of these persons.