A God Who is There
In my morning devotions this morning the Scripture passage I read was Luke 18:1-27. Two things from this passage really caught my attention and spoke to me clearly. The first, in verses 7 and 8, is where Jesus is talking about prayer and how we should be constantly in prayer bringing our requests before Him. In consummation of this, He says that God will act. Quickly. But then He adds a caveat to it. Notice that He does not say, “…will He find love when He returns?” or, “…will He find joy…?” but, “…will He find faith…”
The second verse that jumped at me was verse 27 which says that the things which are impossible with man are possible with God. I know that the context is talking about salvation here. But the precept is that God is able. He IS almighty! He IS omnipotent! HE IS ABLE!
These two things stuck with me because we are going through a five week study after we saw The War Room. Its topic is prayer. Perhaps this is where the Lord has me right now. But I also believe that unless we tap into the power that only God dispenses we are going to fold like a cheap card table when distractions or temptations come. How do we tap into this power? It is only through the Word of God and prayer that we will succeed.
I have a confession to make. I am very good at studying the Word. I have taught theology and have gone to bible school. I can parse the Greek and have studied the history of the Jewish people. These are all good things, but they are just mental gymnastics unless they are made alive through the power of the Holy Spirit and prayer. I have failed in the area of prayer throughout my Christian walk in many ways. Oh, I go through periods where my prayer life is great. On the whole, over the past 23 odd years, I would grade my prayer life around a “D” though.
To tell you the truth, I think these two passages are interconnected. We have to believe that God acts on behalf of His children. I believe that it is the faith of a people that are constantly before His throne seeking a God who is able to do more than they ask or think, seeking the impossible, that God is after. I think it is then that God acts. I think that is when we find victory. Victory through our faith in a God who is able.
Try Him and see.