“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Thessalonians 1:11).
There is a strange paradox with God’s power. When we turn our lives over to Christ to “come and die with him,” we discover that God can work through us in a remarkable way. He calls us to “disciple” ourselves and those we meet. We do, in fact, make use of our human resources—but only after the center of our existence has been rendered dead and buried, when it is completely reoriented and is utterly different. We do this at God’s command.
When we pray, “yours is the power,” we are saying “we have no power— we are powerless unless you raise us up!” We are declaring that God’s power is the best power, the most amazing power, the most humbling manifestation of grace we could ever know. We are committing our lives afresh to God flowing through our lives on God’s terms.
Will you turn your power over to Him?
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Lord Jesus, apart from You I can do nothing! You have called me out of darkness and into Your marvelous light! For this I am so grateful! Would You mold me into a committed disciple who will also disciple others to live the life of Jesus? Without Your power, this is impossible, but I know that in my weakness, You can do mighty things in and through me! This moment, I want to recommit myself to the life that flows only from You and through You!
Praise God for his plans, from all eternity, done in perfect faithfulness (Isa. 25:1) which will come to pass as he purposes (Isa. 14:24). Thank God for his plans for you—to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). Confess to him your failure to learn contentment in every situation as Paul did (Phil. 4:11). Commit yourself to fearing the Lord, which leads to life, and thus rest content, untouched by trouble (Prov. 19:23). Ask God for real contentment in what you have (Heb. 13:5), remembering that he will never fail you nor forsake you.
Pray that God will challenge you to be involved in some kingdom endeavor close to home such as an assistance ministry. Ask God to give you real satisfaction in helping others.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.