By Brian Follett
As I recently reflected about the power of God in my life, there wasn’t a particular time or instance that popped into my head. I have never really witnessed firsthand a ‘healing’ or a ‘huge miracle’ take place. But then I realized, just because I don’t have one ‘big’ story does not mean that God’s power does not play a role in my life.
To me, God’s power comes in a couple different shapes. First of all, I see his power in creation. I am from beautiful Colorado and when I look at those mountains, it is hard not to see the power of God. God’s beauty obviously comes into play as we look at his creation. I think we should be aware and humbled by how small we are in His creation and how big and powerful he is. In chapel, a speaker talked about just how many stars there could be in space. It is estimated that there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars. How powerful is our God that He can make not only this incredible planet, but that many stars in space!
The other major idea when talking about God’s power is how it works in my life personally. The biggest way God shows his power to me is by answering prayers. If you are like me, you struggle with your prayer life and it can be incredibly hard to develop and maintain a prayer life. Something I have a hard time with is praying when I don’t necessarily see God answering those prayers, but really, am I even looking for God to answer my prayers? I often pray for something and then forget about it, and don’t see it through to the result. Or when I do see an answer to prayer, I often write the result of a prayer off to chance or luck. But if I give credit where credit is due for an answered prayer, I am acknowledging God’s power in answering my prayers. God truly does work through and answer our prayers. And…He wants to!
It’s easy for me to overlook the power of God in the vastness of creation, but also within my very own personal and specific prayers. When I overlook God’s power, no matter how big and vast or small and specific, I don’t experience His power in my own life.
Personally, this happens the most in the little things during the day. I believe God cares about all the little things in our lives. So why shouldn’t we pray to God about those things? However, when I pray for something small like; Lord help me focus on homework for the next hour, or Lord give me peace, do I later look and acknowledge God for answering those prayers? Most of the time I would say I neglect to do so. But what If I were to start noticing and giving God the credit and glory? I believe my relationship with my Creator would begin to grow.
God is so powerful and He has been working in my own life in incredible ways and in “little” ways. It is so important for me to remind myself to acknowledge and thank my God for his active power in all things.
Thanks Brian! The big and the small, the significant and the mundane – it’s all an opportunity to pray and witness the power of God manifest in our lives! As 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 encourages us, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”