What I Can’t Do for Myself

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,” – 2 Corinthians 3:5

If God loves us, has all the resources in the world at his disposal, and is almighty, we should be living lives of ease, right? Just ask and he will deliver what we need. Kind of like Amazon.

Yet, we know it doesn’t work that way. God invites us to tell him our needs, but he often asks us to participate in answering our own prayers and sometimes even our prayers for others. If we’re sick, we pray for healing, but we also see a doctor, take the medicine, and get rest. If we’re in financial need, we ask God for direction and help, but we also work with diligence and spend with discretion. And if we pray for a friend in need, we might also lend a hand.

God enables us, partners with us, and blesses our efforts. He knows that is better for us than simply giving us everything we ask for. Maybe our prayer should be more like this:

“Dear Lord, please do for me what I cannot do for myself.”

When we pray that way, we begin to realize there are some critically important things only God can do. Only he can direct our paths, protect us from the evil one, forgive our sins, and give rest to our souls. Every one of these things is foundational to our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being and, try as we might, we cannot do them for ourselves.

Sometimes, though, when he thinks it best for us, he steps in to heal, provide, or give special wisdom. Only he knows when and how to intervene. That’s why we trust him.

“Our quitting point is God’s beginning point.” – Woodrow Kroll

6 thoughts on “What I Can’t Do for Myself

  1. Thank you so much for this! We miss you!

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  2. So good! Blessings, Ruth

    On Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 5:03 AM Walking Together on Holy Ground wrote:

    > beverlyvankampen posted: ” “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to > claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,” – 2 > Corinthians 3:5 If God loves us, has all the resources in the world at his > disposal, and is almighty, we shou” >

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  4. Your picture of the trees with white bark drew me in to this post. I love those trees, they are all over in northern Mn. Love hearing the wind through their leaves because the sound makes me think of the Lord. I know He speaks in so many ways and gives us even sounds that we love to remind us of Him. There is so much in my life I cannot do for myself right now and I must lean on Him for answers and even when there is no answer.

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    • I, too, love the sound of the wind in the leaves because it makes me think of the movement of the Spirit of God just as it does you. He is near and gives us so many reminders of his presence. Keep leaning on him!

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