Time for another SOAP Notes devotional! If you aren’t sure what I am referencing, see this post for a full explanation of this series!
Today’s key verse is Ephesians 3:20
S: [He] is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think to imagine [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us.
O: First, note that this passage does not say that He will do all that we ask or imagine. It says He will do more than all we ask or imagine. Did you catch that? There is a subtle, but very importance difference there. Sometimes what He does might end up being a perfect and magnified reflection of what we ask. Other times, however, what He does may not look anything like what we anticipate, but it is still guaranteed to be much, much more that what we have limited it to in our requests to Him.
Second, note that this passage states it is His power is at work in us to accomplish our requests, desires, hopes, and dreams. We need to be faithful in our asking and in our obedience, but His power is what carries the outcome further than we could in our limited human effort.
A: We must dream and dare to ask, but the Lord will carry forth the work in us. We can always expect more than what human effort is capable of.
P: Lord I recognize that when I come to You, I usually ask for things from a flawed human perspective. I look at what I can do and perhaps dare ask for a bit more than I think is possible. Remind me to be bold when I dream and bold when I ask, knowing that Your assistance allows me to accomplish the impossible. Let my boldness come from a place of understanding that You are at work in me and that I am not limited by human constraints. Amen.
1/ What is something you need to ask the Lord for in boldness?
2/ What is one time that the Lord showed up and did more than you ever expected?