This morning in the book of John, I read the following statement; “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12) It was the word power which caught my attention.
The bible uses the word power 263 times. Not obliviously all in the same context, but I honestly think regardless of the how, use of the word in general is worth taking note of.
Growing up, it was often made reference to how weak many Christians are. I was taught that they were people of prayer but no action. That those who followed Christ were often victims and that they didn’t contribute to societal change and support in the manner in which they should. As a woman of faith now approaching 50, nearly 25 years after choosing to follow Jesus, I can confidently say that those criticisms were absolutely incorrect.
There is no greater force than that of a praying woman.
Medical books tout its power in success rates of survival from cancer. Inspirational and motivational speakers sing its praise from the podium. Even the book of Proverbs reminds us quite literally, that attitude and what we speak from our lips makes all the difference in this world – individually as well as corporately.
If our words clearly matter, how much more do our prayers move when cried out to an active and living God?
When we, my dear faithful ones, choose words of life, healing and power as we pray out loud, we also stir up our desire to take action upon those prayers. When we speak life over our rough patch, we are encouraged to keep going. As we pray for healing over a sick friend, we are reminded to check in on them and are motivated to take them a meal. As we elevate the authority of God over war and poverty, we not only lend support to those in the fray, but are given revelation of our own personal responsibility to contribute in more practical ways.
Prayer works because it inspires, moves, and changes not only our perspective and of those around us, but it literally moves the heart and hand of God.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21
Even in the day to day, it takes power to stand. To face this world with hope. To stand under the weight of condemnation from family or accusation from those who don’t know God’s love. To hold our tongue in the wake of someone’s cruel words or to choose grace when loved ones who don’t understand our faith walk away. Even to stay the course to that which we are called; knowing that the necessary changes might move us away from what we have grown accustomed to.
The words we choose to frame our lives will also define them.
It is never too late for a course correction. There is a new opportunity every moment of every day to begin to speak hope, faith, destiny, and power, over your life. If God gives us the power to even believe in Him in the first place, how much more will He be faithful to empower us to walk out the life He has designed for us.
You, my friend, have the power. Use it.