He is able
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20, 21
In our prior two devotions we have explored the truth that God is faithful and that God is present, but we must also understand our God is able. I remember during a especially dark time in my life, long before I came to know Jesus as Lord, I prayed over and over to a God I did not know. In the course of a few months I found myself alone, living in my aunt’s spare bedroom, with my dad hanging on to life dying in ICU. Two very different but two very memorable prayers were uttered over and over again during this time: “Lord, please let me dad live” and “please send a woman in to my life who will love me and cherish me”.
I can clearly remember in the course of a few short days praying and crying in the bathroom floor of the restroom at the hospital, and a message from one of the nurses caring for my dad that changed my life forever. The message was from a former friend from high-school who was caring for my dad in ICU, that woman is now my wife of 5 years. Ultimately when the doctors came to us with the news that my dad was dying and they needed to remove him from life support, I was heartbroken. I remember asking how long he would take to die, they said a few days…
I can still remember the prayer my brothers and I prayed, gathered around the bed of my dad. I had asked everyone to leave so we could pray together, by the time we said “amen”, my dad had went on to be with the Lord, a few days had become a few hours. Though the Lord didn’t answer my prayer to let me dad live, 10 short months later as my firstborn son came in to the world, I looked in to the piercing blue eyes of my dad and his memory still lives on through my son today.
Scripture reminds us: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV) – not only is God faithful and present, but He is able. He is able to see past tomorrow, past next week, down through each second of our life and He is able to provide for us in ways we cannot comprehend.
Today maybe you have been praying night after night, day after day, and it seems as if God has failed to answer your prayer… but has He? Though God may not answer our prayers in the way we want or think we need, He will always provide what we truly need knowing the full impact of each door he closes, and each door He opens. Today let us trust Him and know that He is able to meet every need. May the lyrics of “God is able” by Hillsong remind us:
God is able
He will never fail
He is almighty God
Greater than all we seek
Greater than all we ask
He has done great things