Monthly Prayer Focus
Where Did the Power Go?
Written by: Thomas Sledge
It’s October and in this month’s prayer focus, we’ll look back at some of the miraculous events and demonstrations of God’s power documented throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. You know, those marvelous, miraculous, displays of God’s awesome power we talk about in group teachings of the Bible, and we passionately sing of in worship and praises in song. I mean who can forget the prophet Elijah’s prayer to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, and the fire of the Lord falling from heaven consuming the burnt offering, wood, stones, dust, and water (1 Kings 18:36-39). The Scripture records those present at the event fell to their faces and proclaimed in repetition, “The Lord, he is the God.” Of course, everybody knows about the story of Moses. Who hasn’t watched prominent actors to include Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, and Anne Baxter to name a few, in the television movie The Ten Commandments in which we saw miraculous events and demonstrations of God’s power portrayed in the form of a burning bush not consumed, water turned to blood, the Nile river being swarmed by frogs, the dust of the earth being transformed to gnats, and other plagues. Of course, everyone knows of the parting of the Red Sea. The Scripture records that at the sight of God’s power and witnessing of this miraculous event, people feared and believed in the Lord and his servant, Moses. We still sing of it today of how the horses and their riders fell into the sea (Exodus 14:28-31). Who can forget the Acts of the Apostles, and the thousands the Scripture records were baptized, gladly received the word of God, and were converted on the Day of Pentecost (Act 2:41). And to wind things up, the Book of Luke records approximately 20 miracles performed by Jesus to include the miraculous multiplying of five loaves and two fishes to feed thousands, turning water into wine, casting out evil spirits, healing the sick, and bringing Lazarus back from the dead. Most people of good reason would agree these depict the awesome, marvelous, and miraculous power of God displayed, each accomplishing their intended purpose of bringing thosethat witnessed these events into the fear, knowledge, and acceptance of an almighty and all-powerful God. As we take notice of the view of the current status quo, what events, awesome and marvelous displays of power, or miracles do we see that captures the world’s attention today? What events today causes the masses to say, “The Lord, he is the God” and moves thousands to gladly receive the word of God and be baptized in Jesus’ name. We’ll look to answer some of these questions in this month’s prayer focus, Where Did the Power Go.
A preacher at a wedding ceremony pronounces by the power vested in me by the State, I pronounce you husband and wife and you may now kiss the bride. A judge utters the words that by the power vested in him by the State, he thereby sentences a defendant to three years in a mental health institution. A president enunciates that by the power vested in him by a sovereign constitution, a new executive order is enacted. The word power, can be defined as the ability to influence or outright control the behavior of others.  The word authority is often used along with the term power, as legitimate power is derived from some legitimate authority. The New Testament uses 3 terms to denote miracles—namely signs, wonders, and power or mighty works.  In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 4, God, the supreme authority, gave Moses a staff (rod) along with the power to perform miracles for the purpose of influencing the rulers of Egypt to believe Moses’ experience with God and that He, Moses, was a messenger sent from God. His power to perform miracles, similarly with other prophets, authenticated the authority granted to him by God. Peter, similarly to others called by Jesus, referred to himself as an Apostle of Jesus Christ, meaning one sent as a messenger or ambassador for Jesus. The Scripture records that Jesus, the authority, gave the apostles power against unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every sickness and disease. The power granted to Peter and the other apostles too, authenticated them as messengers of God. In John 4:54, John called the miracles of Jesus “signs”, and Jesus in Matthew 12:28 suggests that His miraculous works were validation that the kingdom of God had come. The miracles Jesus performed authenticated his authoritative role in the divine plans to bring salvation.
Supernatural plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, fire from heaven, unclean spirits rebuked, people with catastrophic sickness and diseases healed, and Lazarus brought back to life after death. As we look at the status quo of today, Where Did the Power Go? In the mountains of Galilee, Jesus declared, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:10).” The power is in Jesus, and is given to you. He’s the authority and gives to you power through his Holy Spirit to teach and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Seeing and bearing witness to the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection, many were glad and accepted Jesus as the Lord. But Jesus commented in John 20:29, “…Blessed are those who did not see, yet believed.” The power of Jesus lives today and grants us the authority to perform marvelous and miraculous works purposed towards the restoration of creation. His names give life amid death to those that call upon it and saves all that gladly receive its calling from eternal separation from God. Countless people witness today that His name saves all that earnestly call on it. Jesus said, …I chose and appointed you (John 15:16).” You are his messengers, you are his ambassadors, and he gives you power through the Holy Spirit to carry forth his message of hope and restoration. The Spirit he gives authenticates your experience with him, and that you are his messenger. Please join with us, the Midway Prayer Ministry, as we turn our attention to this month’s prayer focus, Where Did the Power Go?
- Large Print Dictionary and Concordance Bible, 1995 Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc., P296
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