Deep within us is a vast reservoir of untapped power waiting to be used…so wrote Norman Vincent Peale. I also wrote about this power within in my poem, All Things Are Possible, in 1984: to wit, all goals can be reached, all dreams can come true, when you call on the Power inherent in you.
Here are a few Biblical points on power:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
A wise man has great power...(Proverbs 24:5 NIV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…(Acts 1:8 NIV)
…I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you….(Romans 9:17 NIV)
And then there is this poem which I wrote in 1998:
THE POWER OF YOU
If you would be more powerful
release your ego
let it soar
let the roar of you subside,
see the power of you
to empower others.
Empowering others does not decrease our own power, but on the contrary, seems to enhance it so that we are ready at a moment’s notice to boost those in need of a surge.
Go ahead, call on The Power.
It’s Sunday again and I’d like to share another prayer of the people:
Breathe on us breath of God as we welcome Your Holy Spirit into the silence of our hearts.
Father God, help us to realize that talking about You is not the same as knowing You, and talking to You.
Help us to overcome the obstacles that prevent us from enjoying a closer relationship with You. Help us to trust You completely in the problems we face and the decisions we make each day.
When we are self centered, help us to center on You and the needs of others.
When we are feeling depressed and anxious help us to rest in Your never-ending love and to feel the comfort and peace that Your love brings.
When we lose our sense of compassion, help us to remember Your constant compassion for us and make us aware enough to feel it in our lives.
Make us humble enough to know that You are our help in every need and without You we are incomplete.
Father we pray for our friends and families and for each other and ask that You would replace our grief with peace, our sickness with healing, our poverty with prosperity and our sadness with joy.
We pray for world peace, for unity among all people, for governments of all countries and for courage to stand up to the unacceptable acts of those who have no concern for the lives and welfare of their fellow human beings.
Help these people to find a way to channel their destructive behavior into productive action that they may become caring members of our society.
May our prayers today be acceptable in Your sight, and may we try to make our lives acceptable to You in every way. Amen.