Feeling Weak? Here’s How to be Powerful. REALLY Powerful.
Everybody has those days. For some reason or another, weakness easily sets in. Whether it’s temptation toward excessive eating, lusting, losing our temper, or whatever, sometimes we feel weaker than normal and give in.
Our weakness effects our evangelism. Falling in sin can easily distract us from spreading the gospel. So how can we turn the weakness into strength?
I’ve Been Thinking…
(…and it hurt a little.) I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer lately. I know prayer is powerful–we talk about that a lot. But when we stop and think about it, do we really believe it?
Paul prayed for those churches where he ministered. In Colossians 1, he wrote something that jumped at me this morning. It’s about strength to endure. Real strength–not human-mustered up strength.
Check it out:
11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience (NIV; Biblegateway.com)
Paul throws in a few certain words that enhances the word “strengthened.” He could’ve just said, “being strengthened so you can endure.” And that might’ve worked for me–who knows. But he didn’t write that.
He added the word “all.” This means lacking nothing in reference to the main subject.
And he added “power.” Putting those two words together, “all power,” enhances the word “strengthened.” We can be strengthened with all power! Whoa!
But he doesn’t stop there. “Strengthened with all power” is measured by something unearthly. It could be measured by my willpower. But that wouldn’t be very beneficial!
This measurement is God’s “glorious might!” I would never want to rely on my strength to endure weaknesses in life. I would much rather be possessed with an unearthly power that is measured by the glorious power of God, Himself!
But how many times do I sink back into relying on my own power? Too many to count. And the irony is this: I tend to stand on my own power most when I am at my weakest state.
Human Weakness Never = Unearthly Power
Weakness does not produce power. It only spits out more weakness. But Paul, who said “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10), understood that real strength comes only from the Lord.
So how do we get this kind of power so we can endure trials, conflict, pain, and temptation? Let’s go back to Colossians 1. Check out verse 9, where Paul started this passage:
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. (NIV: Biblegateway.com)
That’s it. Prayer.
Paul and Timothy prayed for the people in Colossae to be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so they can have great endurance and patience.
Feeling Weak Today?
Then you need a healthy dose of prayer. Leonard Ravenhill, an English evangelist and author in the 20th century, said, “This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels: the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.”
Perhaps we need to beef up our prayer meetings.
What are your thoughts? How has prayer impacted your life? Leave a comment below.
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