by John Michalak
Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Did you know that there’s freedom in helplessness?
When you’re helpless, when you’ve tried everything and failed, when you’re out of ideas or the motivation to go on, you can unwrap a gift from God that’s offered under no other circumstance. When you come to the end of yourself, your only freedom left is to give yourself fully to Him.
God understands our desire for independence. He honors our freedom to choose Him or not choose Him. But, He also understands that we’ll find no greater freedom than through surrender. In the bonds of godly relationship, we’ll finally be free to enjoy the life He intends for us.
That’s the heart cry of Jesus’ prayer here in Matthew 6. You try and try to forgive, but people still hurt you and walk all over you. You make one attempt after another to overcome temptation, but you still fail. You want to protect yourself and your family from the evils of this world, but evil can still prevail.
This is one reason why the Gospel is such good news—when all hope is lost, new hope is birthed. In your helplessness, you’re finally free to lay down your pride and cry out to God with everything you are.
Embrace the freedom in helplessness.