Do You Want to be Part of the Power Team? by Jerry Branch

Do You Want to be Part of the Power Team?
Jerry Branch
Colossians 1:11-12

Maybe you remember that I shared with your some words from the "prince of expositors," Alexander Maclaren, the a great preacher of the turn of the Century who said, "the freedom and heartiness (or energy) of our prayers for others are a very sharp test of both our devoutness (devotedness) to God and our love to men."

The question we had to ask ourselves last week, was again, this one - what are our prayers really like? Do they ring with the same passion that Paul had in his prayer life? Are we constantly, 24/7, going to the Father in Prayer through His Son, our Advocate, our High Priest? Or do our prayers lack that power and passion? Or are they clothed in our human weakness?

That is not what Jesus did for us. He died for our sins, and He rose again from the grave, but that's not the end of the story. He then sent the Holy Spirit. He sent His Holy Spirit so that we might also have a living passionate relationship, and have the POWER of the King of Kings working in us, in our prayers as we walk with Him.

Folks, do our prayers have the freedom and energy that Maclaren spoke of? Are we constantly asking to be so filled up with the Holy Spirit and the Knowledge of the Lord's Will that our prayers truly do have that heartiness, that energy? Are we then, because we are so saturated with the power of His Spirit, and the knowledge of His perfect Will for each of us, that we are then Walking in a manner that is fully pleasing to the Lord, Jesus Christ? That's what I hope for in my life. That's what I, as your pastor, ask God for as I pray for each of you.

OK, Paul writes: "We also do not cease to pray for you and to ask that you may be...strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power. . ."

Friends, I don't know about you, but this is some really good stuff here. Personally, I need that strengthening. I need that strength every waking moment of my life. Don't you ...


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