If you missed it yesterday (Sunday, September 27th), I would highly encourage you to go back and listen to the message that Pastor Chris Conrad shared with us entitled “Who Do You Think You Are Talking To?” He did an amazing job reminding us that we are talking to Our Father in Heaven. He is heavenly (and we are not) but He is also Our Father. He isn’t our Father one day, someday, but right now.
As we consider who we are talking to, we are going to spend each day this week considering different attributes about God. They may sound fancy but they are not hard to understand. The first on the list is Omnipotent (derived from Latin).
Omni = All | Potent = Powerful
When I think of something that is overly powerful or overpowering I can’t help but think of the force of a big wave on the seashore. I grew up going to the Jersey Shore every summer and I loved swimming in the waves. I thought I knew the power of the ocean. Then Diane and I visited Hawaii and foolishly decided to try and swim at Sandy Beach. The waves were big and beautiful. The sound of their crashing (the first clue I missed) was loud and constant. I was so captivated by them that I also missed the numerous warning signs (the second clue I missed) warning people of this dangerous stretch of coastline.
I went out in the waves and they were way more powerful than anything I had ever experienced. And they were HUGE! The picture on the warning sign is accurate in the depiction of my position but the wave needs to be bigger, much bigger. That was power and it was overwhelming.
God is powerful, overwhelmingly powerful. He is the Almighty God. When we pray to Him, that is Who we are speaking to. God says this about Himself in the book of Revelation:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8 (NIV)
Yes, He is our Father but He is the all-powerful Father. That is both awesome and comforting at the same time.
When you go to Him in prayer today, remember both those attributes. What are you asking your All-Powerful Father?