Day 3 Matthew 7:7-12
I stepped into the shower and turned the knob - No water! My first thought was that the pump for the well had died. Then I checked the breaker box. Sure enough, one of the main breakers had blown. It didn't just pop and need to be reset. It was literally done! So, I took the breaker out and headed for Home Depot. (Thankfully they open at 6 a.m.) I returned home, installed the new breaker, and - presto! - we had water again along with lights, power and heat.
After a hectic start to the day, my wife, Diane, said to me, "Funny what we take for granted, isn't it?" It's true. We flip a switch or turn a knob and we expect to have light or water. It's a given. Yet, most people around the world don't have such luxuries nor can they even imagine what it would be like to have running water or electrical power at the snap of a finger. We take such blessings for granted. In fact, as I can attest from this experience, we get downright angry when we don't get these everyday blessings.
Now, here's a twist. Imagine that you have such blessings at your disposal, and you choose to ignore them. You have electrical power to run the many gadgets and "necessities" in your home, but you choose instead to live without it. Not only would it make life better if you accessed this power, but you could do so much more if you simply plugged in and flipped the switch. Yet, you keep on doing things the hard way and ignore the available power.
I know, this seems silly. No one in their right mind would ignore such blessings when they are close at hand, right? Yet, that is essentially what so many do in their lives every day. No, I'm not talking about electricity. I'm talking about a much greater power that is closer to us than the plug on the wall. I am talking about God Himself.
God is omnipresent. That means wherever we are, He is. Like electrical current, we may not be able to see God with our eyes, but we can sense His powerful presence and see the effect His mere presence can have. What's more, God wants to reveal Himself to us. he wants to make Himself accessible to us. In fact, He has. That's why Jesus came in the first place. He has made it possible for us to connect with God. What's more, for those who accept Jesus as Savior and surrender to Him as Lord, He sends the Holy Spirit to live within them. The Holy Spirit is the power of God personified. So, we not only have access to the power of God, we can have the power of God abiding inside of us!
Now, we know what electrical power is and what it does. What about the power of God? What can He do in us? What about the power of prayer? What can it do for us? First and foremost, it keeps us connected with God Himself. We can have a personal, intimate relationship with the Creator of the Universe. With His power abiding in us, we can live a life that pleases Him and frees us from the things in this world that would drag us down. With His power in us, we can know greater peace and contentment, show true love and compassion, and grow in our ability to be both joyful and happy. And, through prayer, our Lord continues to pour out His power through us.
How sad it would be to have access to such power and continue to ignore it. So, what can we do about it? In the seventh chapter of Matthew, we read where Jesus told a crowd
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.
How, then, can we connect with God and access the power He wants to instill in us? Ask Him. Seek Him. Knock on the door of heaven! Go to the Lord in prayer and with a sincere heart and reach out to Him. As Jesus tells us, we have a heavenly Father who loves us and wants to bless us. He will not turn us away, but truly wants us to connect with Him and allow Him to move in our lives.
Pause for a moment and pray right now. Begin by telling the Lord that you want to connect with Him and are available to do so. Then, before you ask anything of Him, be still and listen. Allow the Lord to speak to you in the silence. As you open up to Him, let Him fill you with His power.