Devotion: Pray to See the Power of God
“He prayed, ‘O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!’” (2 Chronicles 20:6)
“At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him.” (Mark 5:30a, NIV*)
“… That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, …” (Ephesians 1:19-20, NIV*)
“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27, NIV*)
The power of God was with Jesus here on earth. It is available to us now. He is coming back with that same power.
When we pray, we are accessing the power of our risen Lord and Savior. When I remember this, I pray for more. I pray to see His power in our world today. I pray for hearts to turn to Him. I pray for healing and hope and help. Because He has the power to do more than what we can ask or imagine.
January is famous for a time of renewal and fresh starts. We all know people with brokenness and hurts who need to experience the power of God in their lives. Maybe you need to experience God’s power in your own life. This month, pray to experience His power. He invites us to ask for it, to want it, and to use it for His Kingdom.
As the children of God, our inheritance in His Kingdom is secure and part of that is access to His power.
When you enter into prayer asking for God’s power, first read this from Job:
Job 38:4-18 (NIV)
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
9 when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
10 when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt’?
12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,
or shown the dawn its place,
13 that it might take the earth by the edges
and shake the wicked out of it?
14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;
its features stand out like those of a garment.
15 The wicked are denied their light,
and their upraised arm is broken.
16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.
Who did? God did. In His power.
Related Scripture: Mark 5:25-34, Ephesians 1:19-21, Luke 21:27, Book of Job, Luke 24:49
- How have you experienced the power of God?
- Who do you know who needs to experience God’s power?
* emphasis mine
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Who is she? Where is she?
She is that woman who needs to know Christ. She is in your community.
- Take a few minutes to be silent. With the power that God has given you through the Holy Spirit, ask Him for whatever is on your heart for your community.
- In what area of your life do you need God’s power to heal you, restore you, or to give you peace and hope going into the New Year? Ask Him for it.
- Who in your life needs the resurrection power of Jesus to give them new life? Are they friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members? Write down their names and commit to pray for them each week.
- If you joined our Holiday Prays outreach, follow up with those you’ve been praying for. Tell us how your outreach went! Visit stonecroft.org/prays to share!
- How can one of your New Year’s resolutions or goals be outreach-focused? Ask God, write it down, and grab an accountability partner to share it with!
- If you don’t know any nonbelievers, brainstorm ways to meet them. Here are some ideas:
- Think of a hobby you have and join a class. (Examples: pottery, painting, exercise, dance)
- Get to know other members of your church.
- Make it a goal to get to know a new neighbor or co-worker.
Add your own personal thoughts and prayers.
What steps will you take this month to say “yes” to Jesus? How will you share the Gospel?
We Pray. God Answers. We Go!