For the Lord to encounter us with a revelation of His Power.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. – Acts 1:8
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13
Today’s prayer focus is to passionately pursue a full revelation of God’s Power through the Holy Spirit. In other words to get desperate! (What….did she just say desperate? Yep!) I know that in our culture which prides itself on self-sufficiency, this is not a very pretty word. We often associate it with homelessness, job loss, lack of provision, broken marriages, addictions, and hopelessness. It’s the absolute opposite of the American motto of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” But I want to challenge you that in God’s Kingdom, it is a most beautiful word. Why? Because it is a heart confession that shouts, “God, despite all my education, my intelligence, my bright ideas, my creative prowess, my charisma, my finances, my job success,etc. I will only attain good in my own strength and that is not good enough. I want all of you God.” It is an admission that the fruits of the Spirit…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are really fruits bore from the power of the Holy Spirit in us and not by our own human will. It’s the place that we lay down “striving” to do God’s will and exchange it for the place of rest where we become JOYFUL servants. When the depths of our hearts can exchange our desire for control for His true power, we are set free to walk with courage: a courage that will make the world stop and take note that we have been with Jesus!
A little side note: The word for power in Acts 1:8 is the same word used for miracles throughout the Bible. Would it not be marvelous to be able to truly lay down our limited understanding of solving the world’s problems and fully embrace the miraculous power of God. Let that be our hearts’ cry!
Heavenly Father, have mercy on us. Forgive us for relying on our own human will and reason as a counterfeit for the miraculous Power you have provided us through the Holy Spirit. Father, we want to be delivered from our self-sufficiency and drink from the wells of heaven. Father, reveal to us the true nature of the Holy Spirit. Soften our hearts, uproot the pride and protection that ensnares us, and release us with courage to be witnesses of your power and goodness in our families, neighborhoods and to the ends of the earth. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.