“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Monday’s are dedicated to disability, and the verse above is on God’s great ability in relation to the Holy Spirit in particular.
It would be the desire of every family with disability, (I suppose at heart), that the disabilities of their loved one would be overcome. Nonetheless, I think there is something more at stake–our trust in God.
The Ephesians passage is obviously not about developmental disability, but it is at least about spiritual strength which every believer must acquire by prayer or the prayer of others. There is in us some lack of ability to comprehend the love of God. So, Paul prays in Ephesians 3:18 that you “may have strength to comprehend with all the stains what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” This is a big prayer. This is a prayer for strength to do this thing that is not possible without God working.
Therefore, we are all without this ability to comprehend, know, and be filled except that God move in our lives. We are unable to do these things. We need God, and we need each other “with all the saints.”
So, in applying this to families who especially wrestle with the daily struggles of disability, I would implore that we would ask the Lord to keep us remembering the love of God, and that our greatest need is to comprehend, know, and be filled. Physical developmental disability being resolved is a lesser need than of these things. But since God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or think in these greater things, we can trust with God’s command to seek His kingdom, that the matters and struggles we have with developmental disabilities can also be endured and at times relieved in this life as God sees fit.
So, let us go on trusting in God’s love by God’s Spirit and according to God’s promises. Remain prayerful. And never lose hope by praying for these things which are bigger than developmental disability or any other things.
I wrote down a reflection while preparing this today that arises from Begg’s book on prayer, but I take at as my own. It is:
Small prayers betray that we have a small god. Big prayers demonstrate we pray to the one true God who is able to do more than we ask or think.