Momentum 2018 – Devotional #3

I read a story recently about an incident that happened when a world-famous professional golfer was playing the game he loved in a foreign country.  Apparently, the king was so impressed with this man’s playing that he said to him, “I’d like to give you a gift of appreciation.”  The renowned golfer told the king that no gift was necessary; he just appreciated the opportunity to play in his country.  But the king was insistent not only that the golfer receive a gift, but that he could name any gift he wanted.

Well, after just a brief moment to think about it, he just said, “A golf club.”  He thought maybe the king would give him a golf club that had some gold or maybe even a jewel in it.  A few days later, a representative of the king went to the golfer’s hotel to present the king’s gift—an object that was only about a foot long, carried inside a leather pouch.  Apparently, this was going to be a fairly small golf club.  Then the golfer opened the pouch only to discover inside a deed—a deed that made him the owner of a gold club, as in the hundreds of acres that made up the beautiful golf club he had been given.

Now, this famous golfer had one observation to make when considering the response to his request for a golf club and that is this — “In the presence of a great king, you do not ask for small gifts!”

Jeremiah 33:2-3 talks about the king who made all other kings!  It says,

“This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is His name.”  Those are our King’s awesome credentials.  Now, based on who He is, God says, “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

And then Ephesians 3:20 identifies our Lord as

“Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”

I hate to say it, but in light of the kind of King we have and the kind of promises He’s made to us, most of my prayers are pretty lame.  Maybe you pray similar prayers for yourself (or your station).

Our praying is often predictable and routine and that is an insult to the God who’s invited us to come before Him for “no small gifts.”  When’s the last time you really believed God for some things that are so big that only God could do them?  Maybe you could slant your prayers in this direction while you are at Momentum?

My prayer for you today is the same prayer Paul prayed for the people of Ephesus in Ephesians 3. “For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  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.

Jason Sharp
Sr. Vice President for Media, Northwestern Media
CMB Board Chairman

 

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