Devotion for November 22, 2023

“… being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” “… neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 4:21; 8:39)

The reason we don’t turn to God more often is because at some basic and unconscious level we are not “fully convinced” He is able and willing to move on our behalf. Being able to admit that to yourself is humbling; it’s also the point at which you begin to deal with your lack of faith in God. Nothing in your life will change until you pray, “Lord, help me. I say things with my lips that I don’t follow through in my behavior.” Once you begin to pray that way you can start walking through your Bible, rediscovering that “God is able.”

He’s able to provide for you when you’re in a wilderness. He’s able to defeat the giants that stand in your way. He’s able to go through fiery trials with you and bring you out unharmed. He’s able to promote you when you’ve been overlooked or opposed. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Whatever it takes to own the words, “God is able,” do it; otherwise you won’t be able to pray with confidence. You’ll make a few wishes on your knees, but you won’t be able to persevere in prayer until you know in your heart of hearts that God is able — and that He’s willing! Nothing is too difficult for Him. He’s just waiting for you to recognize that, and come to Him in faith asking for help.

To whom, or what, are looking for help? What if we prioritized praying for guidance, wisdom, and timing first?

Prayer

Lord, I believe You are able to do anything, and I believe on the promises You give. Strengthen my faith and help me with my unbelief. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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