Bible Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21
As my daughter gets earlier, I am learning more and more that there are things I cannot do anymore. She loves to be flipped backwards and forwards, but then she asks for Daddy to flip. In my desire to be a good dad, I attempted to do a front flip onto the ground. I used to be able to do this no problem, but my bones are not as young as they once were. As I landed the less than graceful finish on my back, my daughter laughed with joy. I, on the other hand, realized that in the future I would not be able to do all the cool things she wanted me to do.
It is funny how this moment, and sadly too many others, made me think about how I stack up to our Heavenly Father. In just 23 months, I have realized I cannot do all the things my daughter asks of me. Our Heavenly Father, however, can do anything. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! I love the words of Ephesians 3:20-21 we read at the start of this devotion. If we could compile a list of everything we could think to ask of God, He is able to do infinitely more. Consider that for a moment. Has there ever been anything you did not ask God for because you thought it was too much to ask for, or not important enough to land on His radar? The Bible teaches us and shows us a God who is able to handle so much more than we give Him credit for.
We fear the diagnosis of cancer, and many other diseases, but God does not fear them. Truly, God is able to do more than heal that disease but is able to eradicate it once and for all. We crumble beneath the anxiety and heartbreak of a broken-marriage and divorce, but our God is able to heal hearts and mend relationships. Our greatest fear, that paralyzes us at certain times in life, is death. But our Heavenly Father has defeated death once and for all through the resurrection of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Application: The next time something scares you, or the next time you want to pray and ask God for something, remind yourself that He is able. There is nothing too hard for our God, and there is nothing that He cannot do. Even greater still, that God has told us that He is willing to do these things. God has redeemed and cleansed you from sin, invited you into His presence, and offered you the gift of prayer. This is a great and precious gift. Do not doubt, but by faith pray and make your requests and anxieties known to God. Know this with all your heart, God can do more abundantly than all you can ask or imagine.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for being the amazing and able God that you are. Forgive us for the times we doubt you or your love for us. We know you care for the anxieties and pains of our hearts. Teach us to pray with faith and expectation. We love you, Father. Amen.