"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 1:18-20
Years ago, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was that this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas.
It's amazing when we think of the powerful resources we have in Christ that many believers "run out of gas." It happens to the best of us. Yet Paul reminds us in this passage that God wants us to experience "His incomparably great power," the very power that "raised Christ from the dead."
We often pray for more money, time, human help, and material resources. Sometimes we just need more of God's power. Paul would tell Timothy, his young protege, that God has not given him the spirit of fear, but of "power, of love, and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:). Paul himself sought to know the power of Christ's resurrection (Philippians 3:10), and conducted his own ministry "by the power of God" (2 Corinthians 6:7)
We don't always need more money, more time, or more possessions to face our challenges, but we all need power, God's power. It's interesting that in the Book of Ephesians Paul did not rush in to tackle all the problems the church was facing. Instead he began and devoted the first three chapters to communicating the spiritual riches we have in Christ. If they experienced the powerful presence of Christ, they could face anything.
In your quiet time, consider spending some time asking God:
1. For more power that you might know and please Him better.
2. For power to overcome the cynical and depressing attitudes of this world.
3. For power to live victoriously in spite of the evil around us.
4. For power to resist temptation.
5. For power to walk as Jesus walked.
Posted on Wed, August 12, 2015
by Sam Petitfils