Transformed – teen devotion – January 16, 2022

As children of God, we have access to God through our prayers. What is the power of those prayers? Better yet, what power does God have in answer to our prayers?

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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Uncovered Prayer Potential

Prayer works. It really does. It truly makes a difference. Do you believe that?

It can be hard to believe that, can’t it? We say that prayer is a conversation of a believer with their God. But it’s often not much of a conversation. We speak and God listens. But what does he say back? This seeming silence makes prayer difficult.

Sometimes the way that God seems to respond to our prayers also makes it difficult. We pray for someone to be healed, but they don’t get better. We pray for blessing, but it never seems to come. God’s answer to our prayers makes prayer difficult, especially when he seems to say, “no.”

Paul wants to encourage us to pray with confidence. Why?

We pray because God so loved us that he sent us his Son. His love was born in manger and nailed to the cross. We can barely begin to understand how long and wide and deep and high God’s love for us is. This truth alone inspires prayer. How can you not speak with One who loves you so much that he left heaven to be with you on earth?

We pray because God knows stuff. Like the best kind of father, God knows exactly what is good for us. He knows how that one thing isn’t good and how that other thing is eternally good.

We also pray because he has power, so much power! “Imagine!” That’s what Paul encourages us to do. God has power to do more than we could even ask for, more than we could even imagine. Not only does God delight in doing good things for us, but he has the power and the ability to do it.

Fathers love their children and like to do good things for them. But even fathers are limited in what they can do. God our Father has no such limitations. Imagine! Then pray away!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to know the power of praying to you. You have opened yourself up to me so that I can pray to you at any time. Help me to pray with confidence. Amen.

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