“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 unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”Ephesians 3:20-21
I think of the statement from William Carey, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” I think of the many times I have petitioned my God for things I have needed, and for the things I needed for others. I am asked several times a day by others if I will pray for them. I do my best to make a mental or physical note, and then I take it to the Father. Our needs range depending on the season of life, but there is no doubt that we all need our Father.
I can recall back to when I was young boy, and I believed with my whole heart that God was able to do exceedingly above all that I could ask or think. I was one who would dog ear the pages of the Sears catalog, and I have always had a revolving wish list. I would pray quite the same way and would ask for silly things and things that had some eternal impact. My Dad would travel for work and we would see him off at the airport. He once forget his attaché, so I went up the plane stairs and delivered it to him. At that time, the airport did not have those fancy hallways nor did it restrict me from entering the plane as a youngster. Apparently, my profile was not flagged and I entered the plane without incident.
I got to my dad in his aisle and then I did not want to leave. My dad laughed and told me I could not stay on the plane as I did not have a ticket, and he was leaving to go to work. My heart sank and I was disappointed I had to leave. I was given some wings to appease my disappointment, but it only fueled my desire to fly in a plane.
I got home later that day and kneeled by my bed to make my requests known to God. If you know me, then you will know I am not afraid to ask for things, and I was no different as a youngster. I prayed and asked God if I could fly in an airplane in consecutive years which would be 1980 and 1981. I was faithful in praying for my request, and my mom thought to herself that maybe I should just pray for one year. I did not want to be short changed, so I continued to pray for both years.
Time went on and 1980 was coming to an end. We were in December and my prayer had not been answered. My Dad’s work asked him to travel to Los Angeles during Christmas time and due to the holiday, they offered for him to take his family. He agreed and that meant we would be able to fly with him. We would fly out right after Christmas and return shortly after New Year. I got to fly in December of 1980 and I got to fly also in January of 1981. I was so excited and matter of factly stated that this was exactly what I prayed for. I was not surprised or shocked and I actually had the faith that God would answer my prayer. I wish I could say that I kept this childlike faith but there have been times where I have put limitations on my unlimited God.
I tell you a silly story to explain the power of prayer. I tell you to explain the incredible access we have to the Father, and the amazing truth that He desires to hear from us. When you read of the many things that God has done, do you believe He is still able to do the impossible? Do you pray expecting Him to do according to His will? Do you pray for rain but yet you don’t own an umbrella? Do you realize He is glorified when you ask Him for things according to His will? Do you realize that we are commanded to ask our Heavenly Father our needs and desires?
Where are you today friend? Have you lost your childlike faith? Do you put restrictions on what God can do? Do you not ask Him for things because you have it all figured out? What are you needing God to do in your life in 2020? Have you made your petitions known to the One who is able to move mountains? May God be glorified in our lives and may the world be changed by the time spent on our knees. May we not be bashful or too busy to ask a great God to do great things in us according to His will.