Think of the most loving dad you know. He probably longed to give his kids opportunity for the best education, showed up and cheered loudly at their sports games, made them smile when the days were hard, was attentive when they felt off or sick, and encouraged them when everyone else thought they didn’t have what it takes to make it.
Sometimes, when we pray, we ask for the bare minimum. Lord, I’m lonely, can you at least give me one good date to keep my hopes up? God, my teenager keeps ignoring me, what would it take to have one good conversation with them? Father, my pain is becoming unbearable, can you take away some of the symptoms? Jesus, my friends are far from you, can you help me meet one Christian friend?
The thing about our God is that He is a good Father. And that loving dad you pictured above? He is only human, limited by his weaknesses, and unable to control the universe. But our God? He is Lord over all things, with no limits or weaknesses, and able to do all things. He longs to give you the best opportunities. He shows up every moment of every day, cheering you on, smiling on you. He’s attentive when you’re not feeling yourself and wants to heal you of any sickness. And even in the face of impossibility, God tells you that, through Him, all things are possible.
Because He loves us with an incomparable love, He wants to give us infinitely more than all we ask or imagine. So, give Him your biggest, boldest prayers. When you’re lonely, don’t just pray for a good date—pray that God would use you in this season to make a difference in the world. When you can’t get through to your child, pray for a miracle and a fully restored relationship with them. When you’re struggling with pain, don’t just pray for slight relief—ask boldly for healing. And when no one in your friend group knows Christ, pray for their salvation and that you would help lead them all to a saving relationship with Jesus.
Our God is able. He has the power. So, let’s not hold back today! Let’s pray audacious, courageous, daring, fearless, impossible prayers, and watch God move—in unexpected, miraculous ways that only He can do.
1. Imagine talking to the best, most loving father, who holds the power to do anything and everything. What would your conversation look like? What would you ask of him? Is this dialogue any different than what your prayers sound like with God?
2. God is that Father, who longs to be gracious to us and rises up to show us compassion. Approach God in prayer with this imagery in mind: “Father, sometimes, I feel like you’re holding out on me. I’m afraid to ask for more than the bare minimum because you might not come through. But I’m believing today that you are able to do even more than I ask and way more than I could ever imagine. Thank you for being a good and loving Father.”
God’s Mysterious Plan Revealed
1 When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles… 2 assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. 3 As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. 4 As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. 5 God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.
6 And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus. 7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.
8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. 9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.
10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. 13 So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
14 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 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.