May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.1 Thessalonians 5:23
Sanctify me! Yet I am scared What will that truly mean? You alone know me through and through You see what is unseen In prayer! I cry out to you I plead both day and night Remove this thorn from my mortal flesh I want it out of sight By faith! I trust you Lord You know the grander plan You perceive what I do not know You're so much more than man With certainty! You help me win You do what I cannot Yes, You the blameless lamb of God You remove every spot
The reason for Satan’s power to interfere in Paul’s life was not prayerlessness. We see that satan could not touch Paul’s spirit, or any other vital thing in him. “To keep me from becoming conceited… there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” (2 Corinthians 12:7). A messenger of Satan, allowed to do bodily harm – and we are not told for how long.
So much we do not know. But this we do know: “When I call, you answer! You give me strength.” If that is true, what does any present trouble matter?
How I wish to be able, in my life, to turn all disappointment, setbacks, and trials of faith and patience the way Paul used his! What reward, what golden treasure came to our Lord because Paul endured and was victorious in his difficult circumstances.
He will do what we long to do, and cannot. Faithful is He: He will do it!
Amy Carmichael, Edges of the Ways, pp. 141-142.