Saturday, December 21, 2013

31 Days of Prayer: Because God's power NEVER fails

Today in church, mid-way through the pastor's sermon, the power went out--not the lights, just the audio. So our pastor quickly went from microphone to microphone which were positioned on stage for the praise team singers and as he tested each device, it was silent. After about two minutes, the power in the microphones was restored. The congregation and the pastor were very happy that the power was restored because the pastor wanted to preach and the congregation wanted to hear what he had to say. Our pastor is a very dynamic personality and his sermons are relevant to modern day issues the young people face yet are still very Bible-based. Needless to say, our pastor draws a crowd to church each week and people feel blessed after the benediction (which is a prayer which is said over the congregation at the end of the sermon and church service before everyone leaves the building).

During those two minutes when the power was out, I think God inspired me to draw an instant parallel to the situation and that idea was this: though the earthly power facilitated by man may go out, God's power NEVER goes out! God's love, grace, mercy and power of His presence in our lives NEVER fails!

It's like that old church hymn, "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" which speaks symbolically of the blood that Jesus Christ shed during his crucifixion on the Cross of Calvary which symbolized His taking our punishment for our sins and making us clean before the Father God...that blood and the promise it contains (of salvation for all who accept Jesus and believe), will NEVER lose it's power! When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and ask Him to forgive you of your sins the promise stands true-- you are forgiven because of Christ's death and resurrection which completed the plan of salvation which to this day is available to all who ask God.

So when we sing that song about the blood of Jesus never losing its power, we can be encouraged of the timeless truth of those lyrical words! Remember, God loves you and He wants everyone to be saved. But God gives us the choice to claim the power of the blood over our lives. Each day is a new opportunity to commit your life to Jesus Christ and serve God faithfully in every situation which in turn leads more people to God and leads more people to learn and choose to accept the gift of salvation.

I don't know about you, but I know the gift of salvation is better than any gift mankind could give me under a Christmas tree--
yes even greater than an engagement ring (this is for those who are in love)--because accepting the gift of salvation and living faithfully for God means that after this life on Earth is over for ALL humankind, there is HOPE of spending an eternity with the Creator of the Universe! And this is all thanks for yes, the blood that Jesus shed for me (and you) way back on Calvary! The blood that can cover all of humanity's sins if only we accept Jesus and ask God for forgiveness. It is the BLOOD that ensures our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make it to heaven and live a life beyond our wildest dreamsforever.

So today, I want to pray for your salvation. If you do not already know about God and the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ and you don't realize how His Holy Spirit can lead you into all truth as you study God's Word (The Holy Bible), then my prayer for you this day is that you will draw close to God and when you draw close to God, He will draw close to you and when you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. And when you find God, I believe you will be in complete awe and will joyfully accept the free gift of salvation and then in turn, tell others about your great discovery and new relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Now if you already know God and have entered into a saving relationship with Him then I pray that you stay strong in your walk with the Lord and that no matter what the enemy throws at you to get you off track, I pray that you will claim the power of the blood of Jesus over your life and allow God to take care of the situation for you and keep you on the right path.

God bless you! :)

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