Prayer: O God, let us learn from your Word, in Christ. Amen.
20 For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.
Our devotion writer tells us that the power to turn on a lamp is not in the switch, it is in the electricity. Interesting thought, don’t you think? God is our source of power. Prayer is our attempt at throwing the switch.
Why is prayer important? We often do not know what to pray for and we often pray for the same things. Prayer is what we use to draw God closer, to request help and healing. When we don’t know how to pray we should pray without words. Prayer is even better when many people pray together and/or for the same thing. God listens, God hears. His power is turned on with prayer. So, is it the power of prayer? Or the power in prayer?
Our devotion writer explains; “God knows our hearts. Just as we flip the switch to tap into electric power, we tap into God’s unlimited power when we pray. As we do, the Spirit is at work to help us stay connected to our power source.”
Prayer: “Fill us, Lord Jesus, with your Spirit and empower us as coworkers for your kingdom. Amen.
1 Corinthians 4:14-20
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
14 I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 15 For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 I appeal to you, then, be imitators of me. 17 For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 18 But some of you, thinking that I am not coming to you, have become arrogant. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 20 For the kingdom of God depends not on talk but on power.