In India we must totally rely on God’s grace. We are totally out of our element, our comfort zone, and if anything good is to happen it must be God’s doing. That is clear. So we continually pray for His grace. But we have to be careful how we pray for grace!
What about you? Do you ever pray and ask God for grace? What about asking for more grace (as if what God is giving isn’t enough)? “God, let your grace be sufficient for me” is what we sometimes request. If God would speak aloud, I think He might say, “How dare you ask for that which already is?” He cannot make His grace any more sufficient than it is already is. He declares, “My grace IS sufficient.” He doesn’t say it “may be” or “shall be” sufficient but that is always is.
Now think about that. Sufficient grace is always available no matter what we face or what we need. It is guaranteed, 100% sure. We don’t have to wait for it or hope it is enough. There’s no need to ask for it, or ask for more or it. It is there. We just need to avail ourselves of it. Do you? (January 31, Kurnool, India)
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercies,
To multiplied trials His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
–Annie Johnson Flint
Christian Training Organization