Wednesday, August 10, 2016

We Can't Do It

I had a conversation with a dear friend recently. We agreed that there are so many urgent prayer requests out there, too many to remember, that some fall through the cracks. My friend said she has tried listing them so she wouldn't forget, but finds herself going through the list with vain repetition, feeling no power. We agreed that there are so many needs to pray about you feel like you can't keep up.

Yet, somehow, I believe the Lord lays certain ones on our hearts when it's time to pray for them. That way there IS power because it is His Spirit making intercession. We tend to forget that it is "not by my own might or my own power, but by His Spirit". (Zechariah 4:6)

That is true with anything that we try to do. From prayer, to praise, to changes in ourselves, to forgiving, to loving others. No matter what it is, "by His Spirit" is the only way it can be accomplished.

Lucien, a very wise man in our congregation, shared that his 5 year old granddaughter, Tenley, was very ill and in the hospital with pneumonia. Tenley always tells her grandfather that he can fix anything. In the past he has fixed toys for her and various things. But Lucien sat on the edge of Tenley's hospital bed and told her, "Tenley, grandpa can't fix you. Only Jesus can fix you."

We would all like to think that we have the power to fix things that are wrong or broken in our lives and in the lives of others. But instead we must hand the brokenness to the Lord. We don't have the might or the power. It's only by His Spirit that anything can be achieved.

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