For Yours is … the power…” (Matthew 6:13)
Jesus’ power is the abandonment of power in order to release it. His “powerlessness” even unto death produces resurrection. God does not depend on the “latent power of human potential” or our innate ability to achieve. In fact, when Peter went back to fishing after considering himself a failure, he still caught nothing. It was only by obeying the word of Christ to cast out his nets when he felt that he had nothing left to offer that he caught anything at all—and the catch at Jesus’ invitation was astonishing (John 21:6; see also Luke 5:1-11).
He bids us come, but it is not a “come to Me and you will be a better person.” It is a word to deny ourselves, an invitation to relinquish the control of our existence and to put our “everything” at God’s disposal. It is a word to join the Lord and to “die with Christ.”
That is the utter rejection of the human potential movement, and of our culture’s obsession to maximize our self-interests. We don’t merely attempt to improve our lives to become better people. We kill them off until all that we are is utterly abandoned to God. This is “dying with Jesus.” We live then, only when God raises us to God’s purposes and not our own.
Father, I’m still so far away from “killing off” my self and fully living into an existence that is completely abandoned to Your purposes. My flesh is so weak, but I know that You can accomplish Your plans for me if I will just ask and reach out to You. Simply being “good” is not all You want, I know. You want me – all of my heart, soul, mind and strength, to be surrendered and submitted. You want my plans, desires and dreams to be handed over. Why is this so hard for me to do? Show me how to die to my selfishness and live completely for all that You are, Lord!
–Adapted from Power Praying: Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for his quietness, restoration, and strength (Ps. 23:2-3). Give thanks that God will give you that quiet time to reflect on his restoring power and quietness (Ps. 46:10). Confess your failure to be still before the Lord so he can speak to you. Commit yourself to a daily time of worship and adoration of God. Ask God for assurance that in quietness and trust is your strength (Isa. 30:15).
Pray that your quietness before God will result in winning the “respect of outsiders” (1 Thess. 4:11-12) so that they will see Jesus in you.
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