“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT).
Nothing exposes our humanity quite like parenting does. We can try as we might, but there always seems to be something that trips us up and rips any remnant of a façade off our face that we might still be wearing. Some people respond to this discovery (of the exposing nature of parenting) by making the façade thicker. But I think a better response—and the one that God is leading us to—is to use the exposing moments of parenting as opportunities to learn a better way.
Not only can we learn better behaviors to adopt in this natural world, we can also learn better spiritual postures to take up. And one of those spiritual postures is letting God’s power work in our weakness. Instead of trying to rid ourselves of the weakness that is inherent in the human condition, we can take on the grace that God is ever extending to us. We can receive his gift of strength—and this is a spiritual maneuver. By releasing our whole life to God (weaknesses as well as strengths), he then can use it all—and through our weakness, his power can be seen all the more. For it is not by our strength or might that anything of meaning is accomplished, but through God’s Spirit: “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit,’ saith the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6 KJV).
Prayer of Response:
Dear Lord, I surrender my whole self to you, and I ask that you would strengthen my weak spots—not just by merely giving me more strength to not trip up so much but by strengthening me with your very self. Help me to lean on you as I walk through the tough times of parenting. I know that I will never be enough to do this job well. I desperately bow at your feel and humbly ask you to take over. I really can’t do this on my own. Thank you that you’ve heard my prayer and that I can rely on your promise that your power is made perfect in weakness.
Confession of Faith:
God’s grace is all I need. His power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT).