Showing posts with label The Favor Power. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Favor Power. Show all posts

Sunday, October 04, 2015

In the name of Jesus | Manna for your Soul

Christianity like many other religions have eloquent pray masters. I know people who will weep, cry out, use fluffy words and flowery phrases while praying. I know people who break out in to a hymn midway through a prayer. I know people whose tones will rise in a crescendo while praying. Their prayers are so long, I am pretty sure most people would just change the radio station in their heads and come back just in time to chime 'Amen'. 
But do we really need to have 30 minute prayers to get His attention? 
Do we really need to use articulated sentences and cliched requests to get His favor?

In the New Testament, Jesus taught us the Lord's Prayer. Newer denominations within Christianity have relegated the Lord's Prayer as a dietary supplement to our regular marathon prayers. 

Thankfully, John 14:12-14 gives us some very valuable insights into what is the only prayer we need. And I'll break it up as the 4A's of Prayer.

Association- Jesus is the way the truth and the life. There isn't a shortcut or a faster route to Heaven. Many people get disillusioned by how long they perceive it takes God to act. Well, it should. Because if God would have been hasty and passed judgement as fast as we'd liked Him to perform miracles, we'd all be banished long ago.

Access- We do not need a go between. Catholics worship the mother Mary, because they believe she is the go-in-between man and God. Many other religions worship long dead saints and deities for the same reason. The truth is we don't need a middleman anymore. He came, so that we would have a high-speed LAN connection with our Creator. How much better can it get?

Authority- Jesus is our authority. All inclusive... All authority.. All time. Period.

Agreement- Many years ago, when I was struggling in my career, and when I was laid off, I asked for His will in my life. It was difficult to admit defeat (after all, we are potty trained to never give up), but when I did ask Him to take over, things changed and my life has never been the same again. We must ask His will be done. Even when we know what we want, we must ask His will in our lives. 

This I pray in the Name of Jesus.


Monday, July 16, 2012

The 'Favor Power' [198/365]

About a decade ago, when I started working I was determined. I wanted to be a Writer.
Across the years, my career has grown in leaps and bounds.
Many months ago, as I achieved another milestone in my career I began thinking.
What did I have in myself that made me eligible for this?
What was it that gave me an advantage over the hundreds who applied for the same job? What made me special?

Have you been in a situation where you think you had that amazing stroke of luck that made you stand out?
Have you felt like you have that 'something' that helps you overcome obstacles and grab opportunities and accomplish your dreams?
While most people would call it 'good fortune', I believe this is His 'favor power'.

When I look back at where I am today, I know that I had God's favor on me. Against incredible odds and tribulations, I came out smelling like roses.
It wasn't my own merit, but His 'favor power' working in my life.
Surely, I do not have the level of education or the amount of experience that my colleagues have, but I know I have the Creator of the universe working in my favor and frankly that's all that matters. I know my Creator has put that special 'something' in me that will take me further than my harshest critics can ever go.

When you realise that you have this advantage, you will go out each day not intimidated by that bully at work, not discouraged by what your worst opponents say but with your head held high. When you know the Creator of this universe is backing you up every moment of every day, you will walk with that spring in your step, quietly confident and in the knowledge that you will always have what it needs to excel.

You surely may not have all the knowledge or the experience that your job requires you to have. You may have managers who bully you into submission. You may even have colleagues who are non cooperative, but when you honor the Lord you will outperform those individuals and they will run circles around you. They will end up scratching their heads into thinking what it is with you that you are so successful.

When you have the 'favor power' of the Lord, you have the edge. 
I like to think of my friend who used to serve under a very spiritual businessman who was incredibly rich and philanthropic and was well loved anywhere he went. My friend often accompanied him and whenever he was sent by his boss he walked with his head, carrying himself with grace. Not arrogantly, not thinking he was better than somebody else, but with the quiet confidence that he had his boss's favor in him.

Very often we restrict ourselves by dreaming small. We forget to remember that we are eligible for the gracious hand of God.
We go around praying for that 2 bedroom apartment you want, when God wants us to have all the best things in life.
We are discouraged because of a situation at work, when God wants to prove that we have His favor.
It is when we are in difficult times, that we need to declare His favor.

In Psalm 41, king David says 'I know you favor me, when my enemy does not triumph over me'
Isn't it time we walked in His 'favor power'


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