We do need power, strength, and endurance. However, we already know, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13. Apart from Him, power is a pitfall.
We have many promises from God. Would another one do any good if I’m not practicing the reality of the promises I already have? Add this to the promise above, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand,” Isaiah 41:10. And we know, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” II Timothy 1:7.
This can be a point of pride for Christians. We know God’s laws, principles, and statutes. But our knowledge of them exceeds our obedience to them. This inconsistency causes the world to have problems with the principles we preach. We need better practice, not more principles.
I Corinthians 12 tells us God has given each of His children gifts for the building up of the Body. We are to use those. They are indicators of His will for us and they shape our ministry. The ministry God has given to each of us is purpose. So is living for His glory.
Ministries do need provision. That’s been discussed here at some length. It’s still true, but wouldn’t be the one thing I’d ask God for.
My New Year’s prayer is one I’ll challenge you to pray for yourself and for me. It’s another “P” word. I think it will please God to hear it. I Kings 3 tells us Solomon made his request for wisdom and it pleased God to hear it and grant it.
My prayer is found in Exodus 33. Moses didn’t want the Israelites to enter the Promised Land without God’s presence. His presence will bring provision, refine purpose, give overwhelming power, enable obedience to principles, encourage faith in promises, and must precede proclamation. How else will we reach 1,ooo souls for Him? But Presence changed Moses and will change us. Will you pray?
Soli Deo Gloria!