Underestimating the difficulty of a task can lead to failure. Underestimating the severity of a storm can put you in danger. Underestimating the depravity of evil is naive and foolish. Underestimating the strength of your enemy makes you vulnerable. Too often we underestimate the power of our words to bless or hurt, and we underestimate our own strength in the face of pain.

But what happens when we underestimate God? When we underestimate his love, we assume that we are limited by our weakness. When we underestimate his power, we cower in the face of our fears. When we underestimate his ability to redeem us, we end up trapped by the mistakes of our past. When we underestimate his abundance, we settle for less than he wants us to have. When we underestimate his ability to work in us and through us, we rob ourselves and our world of the opportunity to see his glory.

Whether the source of our underestimation is an attempt at self-protection or the result of ignorance, we hinder our success and progress when we intentionally aim for less. Praying “safe” prayers doesn’t help us know God or see him in our everyday lives. God wants us to know him. He wants us to remember that he is able in all things. When we can’t see the big picture, he can. When we feel incapable of facing what is to come, we have his promise to never leave us or forsake us. When we have no control over our circumstances, we have his promise that he is always working for the good of those who love him.

Paul reminded us to not underestimate God.

Eph 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.

How would your life be different if you actually believed that God is who he says he is? How would your prayers be different if you lived in constant expectation that God is capable of more than you can think or imagine?