“ Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”—Eph. 3:20
As a new Christian, eager to learn, I loved to read books about and by famous preachers in the past. It thrilled my heart to read about the adventures of missionaries and the great things God had done in their lives. Over and over I read about how God answered prayer, met needs, changed lives, and brought victory. Knowing what He had done gave me great expectations regarding my relationship with God. Thinking of God who supernaturally met needs inspired me. Considering how God used others gave me hope that He could use me also.
It seems today that very few people expect God to do something miraculous. When we do hear a testimony regarding a supernatural act of God we explain it away by labeling it made up story by some over zealous Charismatic. Why are we so doubtful of such things? It’s as though we have down-sized God to level of man. We, although we probably wouldn’t say it, think of God as too small or weak to do some things. Our confidence in God has waned to the point that having Him as our helper means almost nothing–like having a handyman around the house to assist with repairs. Maybe that’s why we don’t pray as we ought. If that indeed describes God it is a waste of time.
We are in desperate need of rediscovering the greatness of God. We need to concentrate on His attributes, consider His works, and claim His promises. We need to see our need of being filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit. As William Carey said, we need to “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God”. When we pray it ought to be in the Spirit and with faith. God hasn’t changed! He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He still has the power to do all things and has never given us a reason to doubt it. Regardless of how impossible your situation seems it is not too hard for God. With Him all things are possible. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16). –HDS
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346