Trusting Our Father with Little, Middle-size, and Big Stuff

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. Eph. 3:20-21 (NIV)

Heavenly Father, on this Monday in June, we stand two-footed upon your promise “to do immeasurably more than all we ask and imagine.” May we fear measurably less as you do immeasurably more—whatever that looks like.

Today our prayer lists don’t contain things beyond the stretch of our imagination, but things and people we care about. Some of us are having surgery today, or somebody we love is. As the Lord of all healing, we ask you to guide every aspect of the procedure, from check in to recovery. Calm us, encourage us, heal us, Father.

And please work in the hearts of our friends, spouses, and children who live allergic to your grace. May Jesus become simply irresistible to them, whatever it takes. May we beautify the gospel as we patiently love them.

We pray for friends living somewhere in the continuum of fresh grief and full-bore depression. Show us how to be present and love well, listening from our hearts and loving with our hands.

We pray for pastors and missionaries suffering discouragement, increasing challenges, and decreasing support—in many forms. Bring your Fatherly presence to bear in supernatural ways. But also use us as tangible expressions of your care and kindness.

We pray for single moms juggling the complexities of parenthood, finance, and loneliness. Oh Father, these are just a few of many needs in front of us. Keep us sensitive to pray for whatever and whomever the Holy Spirit brings to heart.

Lastly, we ask you to renew our first love for Jesus and refresh our joy. As our culture dramatically changes and faith becomes more marginalized, deepen our walk with you, fill us with your Holy Spirit, and intensify our love for our neighbors. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ mighty and merciful name.