So this verse has been sitting on my heart today. I came across it in my daily time in the Bible, and I made note of it for future reference.
I think it’s the second part of the passage that really stands out to me: May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompt you to do.
The way that I see it, the Lord apparently has a bunch of “good things” for us to accomplish in His name, but there are a few things that we must do, and a couple of things that He must do before they can take place:
⭐️ First, we must have faith, and then we must respond to whatever direction that the Lord gives us, trusting that He will never lead us astray. In my experience, this can be very challenging step.
⭐️ Then, once we have a general sense of what it is He wants us to do, we must believe (in faith) that the Lord will empower us with the right mix of talents, knowledge, and wisdom so that we can accomplish whatever task it is He’s placed before us. This step isn’t exactly a walk in the park, either!
However, none of this can get going if we are not prayerful about the everyday decisions in our lives. If there is one thing that I have learned in my spiritual journey, it is this: God has no shortage of opinions. Put another way, there is absolutely nothing about which He has no opinion.
Several years ago, I was chatting with a friend of mine – who happened to be a new Christian – and we were talking about how to better incorporate prayer time in our lives. I let her know that she could talk to God anywhere! Even in the car. My friend seemed surprised to hear this, so I told her that the next time she was on the road, to imagine that Jesus was sitting right there next to her in the passenger seat. I let her know that she could ask Him pretty much anything – even if she wasn’t sure whether to turn right or left.
Well, sometime later, my friend told me that she had tried what I had recommended. You must know that – by this time – I had more or less forgotten about our initial conversation, and so I was not sure what she was going to tell me. Anyway, she went on to tell me that she was driving in the car one day, and imagined that Jesus was sitting next to her in the passenger seat. I thought to myself, “Wonderful!” and assumed that that was the end of her story. But it wasn’t!
She went on to tell me that when she was headed home one evening, she could’ve taken two different routes to get back to her house. She wasn’t sure which one to take, so she decided to ask Jesus – in the passenger seat – what He thought.
And while she heard nothing audible by way of reply, she went on to tell me that she felt a strong sense that she should turn off of the freeway and take surface streets back home. Well, as it turns out, it was a good thing that she had done so, since apparently, there is a big traffic accident further down the freeway, and she would’ve been stuck in it for quite some time. In her mind, the Lord saved her from some needless commute time, and she was able to return home to her husband and daughter that much more quickly.
While some people may think such prayer requests are small, I would counter with this: what is ever “big” to God? The way I see it, if you ask the Lord for His opinion or His truth on a matter, then it’s only a matter of time before He gives it to you. So I find myself talking to the Lord quite regularly about all kinds of things – and His faithfulness in the “little things” of life gives me greater confidemce that the Lord has the seemingly “bigger things” well in-hand, too.
I suppose that the same holds true for the promises that he’s made to us in the Bible. If God’s Word promises that He will enable us to live lives of worthiness, then He will do it. And if His Word tells us that He will give us the power to accomplish all the good things that our faith prompts us to do, then He will give us that power – at just the right time. It’s a promise – and He hasn’t not broken a single one yet! ✝️