Devotion: Power of Salvation
So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
– 1 Corinthians 1:23-25
When we decide to accept the gift of salvation from Jesus, we receive His power. The New Testament is full of references to this power we have access to: power through the Holy Spirit, power to do miracles, power to testify, power to heal, power to preach, power when we are weak, and more.
Ephesians 1:19-20 says, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
This isn’t a superhero power. No capes. No lassos. If it feels like anything, it feels like the strength to stand firm in our faith. It feels like not crumbling when life gets tough. It feels like loving someone who doesn’t seem loveable. It feels like hope.
I often have wondered what the Church would look like if we accessed this power even just a little more often. What if we prayed confidently in this power? What might we see happen?
This power is for all who believe in Him. He’s not looking for the most pious, the perfect churchgoer, or even the prayer warrior. He’s looking for you. When we rise in the morning and clutch our cup of coffee, we can have the power of God. When we brush our teeth? It’s there too.
I bet you don’t feel like it though. I often don’t. I think it’s because we don’t ask. So today, let’s ask for this power. Let’s ask for the power to love and to testify and to heal as He wills. There is the power in our salvation, the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead!
Related Scripture: Acts 1:8, Acts 2:22, 1 Corinthians 1:18-27, Ephesians 3:18
- What do you need to ask for in God’s power?
- When have you ever felt the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?
- How can you ask God more often for this power?
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Who is she? Where is she?
She is that woman who needs to know Christ. She is in your community.
- Pray that God will remind you each day to ask Him to give you His power to follow Him.
- Ask God to show you areas of your life where you need more of His power. Ask Him in confidence to give it to you today.
- Pray about someone you can invite to your church for an Easter service.
- Ask God to reveal to you a creative way you can share about Christ’s resurrection power this Easter. Ask for specific names of those you can share it with. Pray for God’s power and boldness this Easter.
- Write down the name of the person God put on your heart to invite to an Easter service. Call or text her today!
- Sign up for Easter Prays at stonecroft.org/prays. This is an opportunity to commit to praying for those you know who are nonbelievers. This relational way of reaching out is at the heart of the Easter season.
- Take advantage of a nice weather day and prayer walk around your neighborhood. If you see your neighbors out, ask if they have prayer needs.
- Women need to connect with other women. Who can you treat to coffee or a meal this month? Be a listening ear, hear her story, and discern how you can relate your story to hers.
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 this Easter?
We Pray. God Answers. We Go!