Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
When our two sons were young they looked forward to Saturdays when my dad would come and take them in his “car truck” (El Camino) to spend the day with him on the farm. The boys looked forward to those days of fixing fences, cleaning out pens and consuming Dr. Pepper. I would later drive over to pick the boys up and bring them home.
My sons and my dad were usually pretty tired at day’s end, but excited to show me all they had accomplished. “Look what we did!” they would proudly proclaim. Then together they would walk me through their day, showing me repaired fences, cleaned pens and yes, empty Dr. Pepper bottles. I never knew who had more fun, my dad or my boys! They loved spending time with each other and loved working together.
The image of those blissful Saturdays often comes to me as I think about prayer! Abba Father loves to spend time with us and loves to work together with us for a new heaven and a new earth. I imagine that we will one day stand with Him and say, “Look what we did!”
In eternity past God made the decision to include us in His very life! He made the decision for us to “work together” with Him (1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 6:1). God has bestowed on us the unimaginable dignity of being able to make things happen as we pray.
It is my prayer that through these daily retreats you have been moved to spend more time in prayer being with God and working together with Him. After all, as the apostle Paul wrote, God “is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.” Just think! God will do more than “we can ask or imagine”!
Although this is the end of the Lent devotional, I hope that this is the beginning of our commitment to prayer, to daily spending time with God and being co-workers with Him through prayer. I encourage you to take a few moments to look back through this devotional for:
- Scriptures that spoke powerfully to you about prayer
- Prayer practices that seem right for you
You may want to take some time to journal about these particular Scriptures and prayer practices. But above all, take Scriptures and a few prayer practices with you into the coming days! What God will do is beyond what you can ask or imagine!
God created you one-of-a-kind! God loves you so much that He made you with your own special way of being with Him. God will lead you further in that way! And one day as you stand in His presence, you together will say: “Look what we did!”
To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.