2 Corinthians 9:8 NKJV – God provides so much more than we ask for

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Time and time again, when we go to God in prayer, asking for provision or grace or sufficiency to get through what we are facing, He provides so much more than we ask for.  God always abounds in His grace toward us.  God is called, “The Lord who provides”, our Jehovah Jireh.

God provides for our practical needs.  “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV)

God provides for our protection.  “For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12 NKJV)

And God is generous to us.  “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 NKJV)

Our life, from its beginning to its end, is totally dependent upon the grace of God.  We deserve nothing from God, and yet He gives to us His best and it’s always more that we can ask or imagine.  God gave us His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and to give us hope and eternal life if we believe.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)  God’s grace poured out on us compensates for all our human weaknesses.  “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) 

So what should be our attitude, our manner be, when we go to God in prayer?  Are we to expect what our own finite minds can imagine or even worse, not expect anything?  Or shall we go to God expecting big answers to our big prayers and thank Him in advance for what He will accomplish.  Listen, our prayers do not surprise God.  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it over again.  Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.  God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers.  He is offended by anything less.  If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.  Why?  Because they don’t require divine intervention.

Friend, when we feel under qualified and overwhelmed, we might be exactly where God wants us.  These moments force us to pray like everything depends on God.  They also drive us to our knees.  In times like this we move to a place of raw dependence on God and raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs His greatest miracles.  In times like this, we find that God answers our prayers with abundance.  We are only one defining prayer away from a totally different life, a totally different circumstance, a totally different situation.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your grace which abounds toward us always having sufficiency in all things, no matter what we are facing, or enduring, or dealing with.  Your grace will see us through.  God help us believe that You honor big and bold prayers.  Forgive us Lord when we doubt in prayer that You will hear and answer us.  Teach us Lord to believe in the truth of Your Word and in Your faithfulness to provide all our needs.  Thank You Lord for your generosity toward us.  We give You the glory!  In Jesus Name. AMEN. 

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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