Wednesday night, my cousin asked me to pray that she’d make at least a B on her test. I agreed, but as I prepared to pray, I reconsidered her request. I thought about one of my favorite scriptures: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). If God can surpass our requests and thoughts, why not put Him to the test? Why not put faith in action and ask for an A?
This prayer request made me reflect on my own vulnerabilities: at times, I’m guilty of low expectations. Sometimes, I even have categories for my requests: some things God can do, and others, He can’t. I’m a lot like Peter in the text cited above. Though He’d seen Jesus heal the sick, walk on water, and raise the dead, resurrection seemed impossible. He just couldn’t imagine anyone recovering from a brutal death like Jesus experienced.
The empty tomb, however, is an eternal reminder that God can do anything! Jesus said it Himself, “… Everything is possible with God” (Mark 10:27, New Living Translation). Since God can do everything, let’s get up from low expectations. Just FYI – He can handle whatever you’ve concluded He can’t!
… Try it! Put me to the test! (Malachi 3:10, New Living Translation)