“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very natureGod, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very natureof a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:5-8)!
Even though Jesus was in essence the Son of God, He relinquished all rights, all privileges, and all power to become utterly and completely human, to identify with us so completely that something as alien to God as death might be His common lot with us.
This has implications for our praying, “Yours is the power,” because it is clear that Jesus had to pray to find out what God the Father wanted. He (like us) had to pray to access the resources and the power of heaven.
Jesus, of necessity, based on His self-humiliation in becoming a human, was required to seek for “the kingdom to come and the will to be done on earth as it is in heaven”—just like we do. And when the Father spoke a hard word requiring submission to a greater will, He, just like us, had to choose to submit.
Jesus was and is the model of our ability to access the power of God. Just like Him, we can receive what the Father has for us through the only means available to Him and to us—submission to the divine will, as God speaks to us in the two-way communication called “prayer.”
And when the tasks of the day were done, and God had moved through His existence in a sovereign, powerful way, Jesus, as He taught the disciples, most likely declared that “the kingdom, the power, and the glory are Yours!”
This declaration makes clear that God did it by God’s power, and that Jesus’ power was the power of submission.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, teach me to love and obey the Father as You did in Your humanity! Help me to be willing to submit my mind, my emotions and the activity of my life to His power, accessible to me through the divine relationship of prayer!
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka.
Praise God for being the God of “burning bushes,” calling you to respond and serve where he leads (Ex. 3:2). Thank God for revealing to you his call to service, and for your affirming response. Confess your deafness, blindness, hardheartedness, and excuses that keep you from hearing and responding to God’s call (3:6, 11, 13). Commit yourself to being aware of God’s presence every day and listening to his call to service, no matter how humbling that service may be. Ask him to give you a positive attitude in carrying out his call.
Pray that you be hospitable, loving what is good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined, holding firmly to the truth (Titus 1:8), thus growing God’s kingdom on the inside.
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