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I am freshly reminded this morning of my utter dependence on Christ. But it’s not just I who am dependent on Christ… His Church is dependent on Him as well. As Spurgeon rightly said… “Without Him we can do nothing.” But with Christ we can do all things.”
When Jesus is lifted up in His Church, His presence is the Church’s power—the shout of a king is in the midst of her.
What is the power of the church? Is it the number of people in our congregations? Or maybe it’s our particular liturgy or denomination or non-denomination? Maybe it’s our “style” or cultural relevance?
I wholeheartedly agree and shout AMEN to the previous quote from Spurgeon. Our power, as His Church, is sourced in Him and Him alone. The ONLY power we have as the Church today is in Christ-centeredness and complete reliance on the Savior!
In this evening’s devotion… I was moved by the simple yet profound words of the first paragraph.
Mark the grand characteristic of true prayer—”In the Holy Ghost.” The seed of acceptable devotion must come from heaven’s storehouse. Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord’s arrows back to Him. That desire which He writes upon our heart will move His heart and bring down a blessing, but the desires of the flesh have no power with Him.
What a great devotion on prayer and praying in the Holy Spirit. But I’m going to meditate tonight particularly on the words, “Only the prayer which comes from God can go to God. We must shoot the Lord’s arrows back to Him.” I would encourage you to do the same. May we seek His face in the strength of His might! May we come to Him in humility… because the cross has stricken our pride! May we come to Him in faith… trusting that we are wrapped in Christ’s robes of righteousness that came to us by His grace!