Andy Stanley, like many of us, sometimes feels overwhelmed by all he has to do and is responsible for. In his book, The Grace of God, he talks about beginning every morning by praying, almost like a mantra, “heavenly Father, I cannot, but you can……….Father, I cannot, but you can.”

Jesus taught us that we are meant to live fruitful lives through a total dependence on Him.

In John 15:5 Jesus says,

” I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Trying to live a Christ-like life apart from Christ seems ridiculous, but I sure have tried my hand at it…….too many times. The peace that passes all understanding comes out of learning to find my home in Jesus and allowing Him to live in me.

I think it might be time for me to join Andy in his little prayer of total dependence on God.

Heavenly Father, I cannot, but you can.