We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. 1 John 4:16 (NIV)
The best-equipped army cannot save a king, nor is great strength enough to save a warrior. Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—for all its strength, it cannot save you. But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. Ps. 33:16–18 (NLT)
Lord Jesus, though we avoid it like a plague, it’s a good thing to come to the end of our ropes, wits, and “mojo.” For only when we’re spent, do we abandon ourselves to the God who alone can part Red Seas (Ex .14); overthrow whole Midianite armies with three hundred weapon-less soldiers (Judges 7); take down Goliaths with a pebble (1 Sam. 17); feed multitudes with a few fish and pieces of bread (John 6); and raise a dead man for the salvation of his people and the transformation of the cosmos (1 Cor. 15).
Hallelujah, Jesus, you are that dead man who now lives. And by your finished work, we now live in the permanent favor of God and have been given all the resources and riches of the Gospel. In this very moment, we abandon ourselves to the immeasurable, inexhaustible, incomparable love of our Father. There is no other supply sufficient for our need, no other strength “up to the task,” no other balm adequate for the ache, and no other hope trustworthy for the future.
We bring you our longing for a joy only you can give; our battle with shame only you can resolve; our nagging unbelief you alone can dispel; and our bothersome fears you alone can expel. We’re not as free, peaceful, or whole as you intend. So we bring it all to you, Jesus, grateful for your welcome, expectant of fresh grace. Thank you for your tenacious commitment to us and love for us. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.