When asked what makes the Frozen movie different, during the CMA Country Christmas show on ABC this week, Idina Menzel replied, “It’s about unleashing the power within.”
Yeah…My mind immediately raced to another kind of power that belongs to Christians who received the power of the Holy Spirit, the moment they placed their faith in Jesus Christ. This is the power of the Almighty God! Talk about unleashing the power within!
Psalm 53:1 says, “A fool has said in his heart there is no God.”
Now, I believe in God. You believe in God.
But do our prayers reflect that we might think God’s non-existent in certain situations?
Do we think He’s not really listening? Do we fail to pray with power—or fail to pray at all—because we’re not totally sure God will show up or cares enough about me and my circumstances? Surely, there are more pressing problems and more important people that God is working with. I don’t mean we outwardly live an anti-Christ life, I mean that inwardly we fail to utilize the power we have within…the power that comes from the Creator of the universe, and He has the power to make anything happen… or not happen.
We pray wimpy, sad prayers (not meaning crying out in sadness asking God for help, but faithless), begging God to do something that is easy for Him. So, our faithless prayers yield no results. We have no faith that He can do again what He has done before, therefore we become disobedient by living a prayer less life. We believe in God, but we haven’t yet trusted that He is who He says He is and can do what He says He can.
I recently read this story:
WOMAN IN RAGS, GARBAGE REVEALED AS HEIRESS So read the headline in the San Francisco Chronicle concerning a lady who was known as “Garbage Mary” who was picked up in a shopping mall in Delray Beach, Florida. She appeared to be just another derelict whose mind had faded. Neighbors told stories of her scrounging through garbage cans for food, which she hoarded in her car and her two-bedroom apartment. There were mounds of garbage in the small apartment, stuffed in the refrigerator, the stove, the sink, the cabinets and the bathtub. There were paths between the garbage. Other than in the kitchen, there were no chairs to sit in because they were piled with trash. Police finally identified her as the daughter of a well-to-do lawyer and bank director from Illinois who had died several years earlier. In addition to the garbage the police found Mobil Oil stock worth more than four hundred thousand dollars, documents indicating ownership of oil fields in Kansas, stock certificates from firms such as U. S. Steel, Uniroyal, and Squibb, and passbooks for eight large bank accounts. Garbage Mary was a millionaire who was living like a derelict. Untold wealth was at her disposal, yet she scrounged through garbage rather than claim the resources that were rightly hers by inheritance. Source: Max Anders, Thirty Days to Understanding the Bible, p. 57.
Are we like Mary, living as spiritual paupers, not utilizing the resources available to us?
Let’s refuse to pray like God is unavailable, unattached, busy, unmoving, unaware, and disinterested. Maybe the unseen sin in our lives is “unbelief.” Let’s confess our sins and allow God to unleash His power in us!! Pray like you believe you have God’s full attention.
Boldly come before His throne. (Hebrews 4:16)
Pray like you know He is able to do exceedingly more than you ask. (Ephesians 3:20)
I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1 (NKJV)
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory! Isaiah 6:3 (NKJV)
Let’s pray like we KNOW this is our God!