19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Our Small “Asks”
Recall Delton’s object lesson in church yesterday, where “all we can ask or imagine” is represented by an inch of water in a leaky, plastic cup … and God’s “fullness” and “power” is represented by pitcher after pitcher after pitcher of water. What a vivid example of how small our “asks” are and how little it takes to satisfy.
I’ve never thought about it that way before.
My thinking has always been that we (I) ask God for a lot. We ask for health. We ask for a good job (or even any job). We ask for a nice place to live and nice clothes to wear. We ask for safety. We ask for relationship. We ask for love. We ask for purpose and meaning. We ask for all of these things for ourselves, our families, and our friends and acquaintances. What can be “immeasurably more” than all this?
Do we ask for strength of faith? Do we ask for humility of purpose? Do we ask for opportunities to give and to serve? Do we ask for courage, strength, and the wisdom to do what is right? Do we ask for opportunities to exercise our spiritual gifts on behalf of God’s Kingdom? Most of all, do we ask often enough that all of our thoughts, words, and actions are to be in accordance with His divine purpose? These are the kinds of “asks” that God answers “yes” to. He answers them in abundance. This is how we tap in to the pitchers and pitchers of blessing from our most generous God!
What a small amount that we ask for.