The 90 Day Challenge Day 87 – Promises & Power To Accomplish

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“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” -2 Thessalonians 1:11

Prayer, as Christians we profess to believe in it, and practice it… well sort of. I sometimes wonder if our prayers only touch the margins of what God has in mind. We pray for the sick, as we should. We pray for safe travels, again ok to pray about. But if this is the major thrust of our praying we may very well be missing out on some marvelous answers to prayer. Anemic praying can only lead to anemic believers, churches, and communities.

Look at what Paul prays in this verse. He prays for God to enable them to live a worthy life. Living worthy was not on them, or us. Living worthy is a work of God in us. He does it. Even more astounding is the next part of his prayer. He asks God to give them the power to accomplish all (not most or some) of the good things that faith prompts them to do. He prays for God to accomplish through them all that faith inspires. Imagine what the church would be like if all who came were accomplishing all the good their faith prompted them to do! Imagine, what God might do through you/me by asking him to give us the power to do all the good things our faith inspires. Imagine what would change in our churches if we were asking God to give everyone (by name, not just an all inclusive prayer) in our church the power to accomplish the good things their faith prompted. Imagine how the very accomplishing of those things would lead to a greater faith for bigger things the next time around!

Father, grow my praying for others that I would ask for you to give them the power to accomplish all their faith prompts them to do. Do so in me, and grow our faith for even greater things.
JT

Readings: 1 Corinthians 9, 1 Thessalonians 2, Revelation 19, 2 Thessalonians 1

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The 90 Day Challenge Day 9 – Promises & Accomplishment

Reading: Matthew 11, Genesis 15, Exodus 17, Psalm 60

“Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.  With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.” -Psalm 60:11-12

The readings today highlight a recurring theme.  When trouble or difficulties come, talk to God – pray.  The Psalmist prays and claims a promise.  Through God they will do mighty things, and God will deal with the enemies.

In the early 1900’s a couple becomes missionaries to Africa.  They spend their entire lives there.  They go to a place no missionary has ever been.  They have to learn the language, become linguists and begin translating the Bible.  The people can’t read.  They teach many to read.  They endure two World Wars, sickness that is often debilitating.  But at there deaths in 1940 and 1941 there are multiple churches, schools, and medical facilities.  The major church, which was the hub for all the ministry had an attendance of 2,000.  William and Myrtle Knapp believed God “will do mighty things.”  And as a result, God dealt with enemies, be they sickness, heat, wars, language barriers, etc.

Believing God’s promises and praying about those promises is crucial.  Whether my enemy is situations, people, declining health, spiritual oppression, or any other enemy – God’s job is to handle my enemies.  He wants to clear the way for us to do mighty things.  This is mentioned in Matthew 11 when it says those who come to believe in Jesus will be greater than John the Baptist.  How easy it is to rate ourselves as insignificant.  We look at others and see more talent, skill, or opportunity than we have.  Without actually saying it we see ourselves as peons in the Kingdom of God.  But the promise is God’s help enables us to do mighty things.  God’s promise is he will trample down whatever is in the way of what He wants to do through me/us.  What I/we need to do is look to God rather than human help only (be that others or ourselves), believe God’s promise, and ask for His help.  He is eager to give it.

God, do all the mighty things you have planned in and through me today.
JT