Monday, October 18, 2010

The Heart of Adoption: Ephesians 3:14-21

Lately, I have wondered a lot what our adoption story will look like.  We thought we knew how our family would look, and had our children all planned out.  But we're finding that God has different things in store for us, and His plans often contain blessings far beyond we would have even thought to ask for.  After all, God's love for us is "wide and long and high and deep!" 

From Ephesians 3:

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 20Now 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, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I used to ask God to please give us a baby.  Now, we pray with open hearts, and open hands: God, you know our children.  Please lead them to us in Your timing, and watch over them and comfort them until they get to come home."  

Already, God is teaching us to broaden our horizons, and I no longer ask God to just give me a baby.  I ask Him to add to our family according to His will! 

God is using this adoption process to teach us how to pray and to strengthen our faith. Instead of limiting ourselves by only asking for what we want in the moment, we're starting to pray through passages of the Bible as we acknowledge that he "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine!"

The passage I shared above is so rich in promise - I pray through these verses almost every day and love them more each time I do!

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