Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1–10
Key verse: Ephesians 2:8
By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
While some err on the side of believing that God can’t possibly love them because they are so unworthy, others lose sight of their spiritual helplessness. It’s easy to forget how much Christ did for us on the cross.
Catherine Marshall explains in her book, Adventures in Prayer:
The Scriptures spell out for us point by point how helpless we are in relation to our spiritual lives as well as our physical ones. We feel an impulse towards God. We think that we are reaching out for Him. Not so, Jesus told us, “No one is able to come to me unless he is drawn by the Father …”
With helplessness alone, one would be like a bird trying to fly with one wing. But when the other wing of God’s adequacy is added to our helplessness, then the bird can soar triumphantly above and through problems that hitherto have defeated us …
First, be honest with God. Tell Him that you are aware of the fact that in His eyes you are helpless …
Second, take your heart’s desire to God. You have accepted your helplessness. Now grip with equal strength of will your belief that God can do through you what you cannot. It may seem to you for a time that you are relying on emptiness …
Disregard these feelings, and quietly thank God that He is working things out.
Father, I am helpless. Here is my heart’s desire. I believe You can do through me what I cannot do myself. I thank You that You are working things out in my life.