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. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
I know that you can do more than I can think, ask or imagine. I know that you want me to be able to do what I could never do under my own power. I know that you want your power to be working in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I know that you want me to be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. How do you know all these things? You have shown me these principles from your word. You have revealed these principles to me through my experience. Tell me more about that. You have often given me assignments that are far beyond my ability to accomplish. Why would I do that? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to come to ask you for your help. You want me to know that you will make me able to do whatever you ask of me. Anything else? Yes, you want me to know that apart from you I can accomplish nothing of lasting and eternal value. My efforts alone will bear no fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. My efforts alone will add up to nothing. Can you say more about that? Yes, if I could accomplish your assignments under my own power, which I can’t, all the thanks and praise and honor and glory might not be given to you. That would be a sinful mistake. Why is that? All that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to be comes from you. There is nothing that I will accomplish that you will not deserve all the praise and honor and glory. There is more. I’m listening. If I could accomplish your assignments without your help, I am sure that I would become self-reliant and self-sufficient. I would also become proud. That would not be good. No, it would not. So, it is a very good thing that I need to ask for and rely on your help to accomplish your assignments. Yes, it is. Needing your help also causes me to live in an intimate relationship with you. Needing your help causes me to pray as I walk through life with you. Yes, it does. That is very good. Yes, it is.
Lord, at many times and far too frequently I have been operating under my own power. I have not asked for or relied on your help. No more! I will ask for and rely on your power to help me to accomplish your purposes, fulfill your plans and bring glory to you. Amen
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