The Wrong Power Supply

Focused Prayer: Day 18

Let’s say “hypothetically” the following happened to me a few years ago:

I walked outside one morning around 6:30am and noticed that my drivers door was slightly ajar. Naturally, it didn’t surprise me when my car wouldn’t start. I mean the battery is dead, right? After borrowing some jumper cables from a neighbor (that I woke up), I lifted the hood to find that my battery was not dead, it was alive and well SOMEWHERE else. That’s right boys and girls someone stole my car battery in the middle of the night. Someone was now starting their car with my battery!

OK…so it’s not a hypothetical. It actually happened.

With my loss in mind I’d like to ask you a question. Are you living off of someone else’s spiritual battery (faith experience)? Do you mooch off of other people for spiritual and emotional support all the time? If so, you’re trying to live vicariously through others and not Christ.

Obviously, God gifts us with family, friends and pastors to help, but in going to them for help, they should not become our source. Jesus wants a  personal relationship with you.  Jesus has made a way through the Holy Spirit to supply all the power we need. We need only ask! He wants to be your power source!

Stop striving by calling one more person, trying that “next” book or even the next blog. You don’t need someone else’s battery, you need Jesus.

Prayer Focus

I close by sharing this prayer the apostle Paul prayed for you and the church, that you would have strength in Christ. Read this passage, then reflect and pray on God being your ultimate source for all things.

 Ephesians 3:14–21

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  

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