When I was teaching English to high school students, the week before classes started I would spend getting my room ready, making sure I had the tools I needed to have a successful class, and, most importantly, praying over the list of names that I knew would walk through my door each day. I didn’t want this to just be another English class and as a teacher at a Christian high school, I knew it didn’t have to be just an English class, so I made sure that I covered my students with prayer before they ever walked in the door. I love the Message translation of the prayer I used to pray which is found in Ephesians 3:14-20. Paul’s words to the church have always moved me and it communicated what I wanted for my students so well that it was the perfect fit for my needs. Here are Paul’s words from the Message translation of the Bible. The bold and italics are mine.
My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! Ephesians 3:14-20 (MSG)
I’ve moved on from teaching high school now, but I am still in touch with a number of my students. Several weeks ago a young lady I taught a number of years ago posted to facebook a picture of herself wearing a Women of Faith bracelet with the bolded verse on it. I knew right that moment that this is and was a God thing. She had no idea I had prayed that prayer over her years ago, but she knew that the message was what she wanted to guide her life as she lives boldly for Christ. At 23 she makes her choices based on God’s direction only. I wish I could have said that at 23.
It is possible, you know, to live this way. To believe that “God can do anything”. What would it take for you to believe that today? Do you, like my student, believe that God can give you your “wildest dreams”? If not, why not. It’s a promise from our Father to give us everything we want. We are his daughters after all. We are His princesses. He wants to shower us with everything we’ve ever wanted, but… that’s what gets us, isn’t it? To get the life the Father wants us to have, we have to be willing to also live the life He a roadmap for us to live by. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12.
Dream big! God wants it for you. It’s one of those God things.
Because it’s all about Him and not about me,