From the Prayer Ministry
Written by Alison Carnahan, coordinator of the Prayer Ministry
“Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:10b-13 (NIV)
When we examine the Bible, we see God’s omnipotence, from the story of creation through to His revelations of the last days. We trust God’s power, we claim it. We say to ourselves and to others that nothing is impossible with God. Yet, we doubt His capabilities when it comes to our own struggles. We pray for miracles, but then expect that things will never change. Is hoping for God’s power to show up in our lives naïve? Job reminds us, “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces. By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent. And these are but the outer fringe of his works how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:7-14 NIV).
God’s power is displayed beautifully in His creation and we can experience that same power. Now let me not create any confusion, I am not saying that challenges or difficultly will never be present in our lives, often quite the contrary. I am also not saying that everything we pray for will be given to us, especially worldly and selfish requests. However, the greatest need in our lives, our need for the atonement of our sins, is met adequately and completely by God’s magnificence and might. God’s redemptive power, when we accept it, heals and restores us from sin. Christ’s blood became the compensation for our sin, past, present, and future. God shares His power with us by the Holy Spirit. He frees us from the power of sin, by enabling us to resist temptation. He sanctifies us to look and love more like Him. He emboldens us to share His gospel with others. So then, when we wallow in our sin, letting guilt and shame linger, our doubts are like raised fists of defiance to God, quietly questioning if He is good or should really be trusted.
Let us then, pray boldly, knowing that God’s power is sufficient in creating and sustaining the universe. His power is sufficient for salvation and drawing people to himself. His power is sufficient for restoring relationships and binding up physical and emotional wounds. Our faith recognizes that God is bigger than any challenge life sends. Let us not become so hopeless that we don’t turn our requests to Him. Cry out to God, His promise is clear, “and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15 NIV)