8. God’s power for us.
Ephesians 1:19-20. “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” (NLT)
I know of course that God is all powerful; I’ve been taught that all my life. But do I really believe that all this power is available to me? This passage emphasizes that God’s immense power is “for us who believe him,” not just power that He Himself uses. Peter T. O’Brien* writes that God is using this power to “work on behalf of believers.” So apparently God has this power intentionally available for me if I would trust him for it.
And how much power is available? I can’t think of any greater level of power than that which raised Christ from the dead. That is certainly enough power to take care of what I am worried about, what I have to do today, the people I love who don’t know Christ personally, the unknown future….
How would my life be different today if I would count on God’s power for each thing that came up?
Father I need Your power in my life, in my heart, mind, soul, body. Today I ask for Your power to work in and through me, to bring glory to You and to help other people. In particular, please help me to complete [today’s specific responsibilities] in a way that meets the needs of others and brings honor to Yourself. Thank You. Amen.
*O’Brien, Peter T (1999). The Letter to the Ephesians. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, p. 136.