We understand so little.
I don’t understand it and I’ve been in church pretty much my whole life. I’ve spent more time in church than most people have. Even still, I don’t have a very good understanding of the “immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.” I’m learning more about it all the time but, I don’t know that I will ever be able to understand this power.
They called on God for deeper sense of his power within them.
There are some things I do know.
I know that too often we try to live this Christian life by our own power far too much. We think we have to be and act and do and say certain things, and that we have to muster up the power to do them on our own. And of course, we can’t. So we fail. And we get exhausted doing it. We, by our own abilities, try and try to live as we’re supposed to, but we fail every time.
I know that we want to stay in control of our lives, so we never fully give God full access to our hearts. We hold on to as much of ourselves as we can and try to find places to squeeze God in. We want to remain in the position of power in our lives, so we never experience what could be if we were to let Christ dwell in our hearts fully.
I know that there is a much better version of us waiting to be a force in the world for the Kingdom of God. God has big plans for you. It may not involve riches and fame like you may have immediately thought. But, He still has a big plan for you to be the kind of disciple that He needs to go into the world and make disciples for His kingdom. But, when we’re too busy building our own kingdom, we don’t have time, energy or desire to do the most important thing. We’ve been tricked into thinking that we are the most important thing, so we continue to dilute the impact we could be having on the world because we continue to neglect the real plan God has for our lives.
Will you spend some time in prayer today, seeking God’s power in your life in a new and fresh way.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.