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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Transforming Power Of Prayer and His Spirit

In review of Zechariah 4:6 it says, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”

Bottom Line:
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.

What this means to me:
The Lord tells me, He is the Lord All-powerful. So I should not depend on my own power or strength, but by God’s Spirit.

Today’s passage comes from Zechariah 4. In it we see the Lord speak encouragement to Zerubbabel who was the head of the tribe of Judah during the time of the return from the Babylon exile. Zerubbabel was given the responsibility of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem.

Many believe that to survive in this world we must be tough, strong, unbending, and harsh. But God tells us, "not by force nor by strength, but by his His Spirit." The key words are "by my Spirit." It is only through God's Spirit that anything of lasting value is accomplished. The returned exiles were indeed weakened and harassed by their enemies, tired, discouraged, and poor. But actually they had God on their side! As I live for God, I need to learn and determine myself not to trust in my own strength or abilities. Instead, depend on God and work in the power of his Spirit.

Prayer is not a beg-a-thon or a dissertation on my part to send God out to run my errands. Rather prayer is getting me prepared to do God’s will. Once I’m living within the will of God, I’ll be surprised at the amazing things that start happening.

Prayer will release supernatural power into my life. So I shouldn’t just think about the things I would like to improve, but pray about them. Pray until I put things into action. Then watch as God’s plan for my life unfold. It will be beyond spectacular, and become a great reward for faithfully seeking Him.

God’s Word tells me that He is just waiting to hear from me, so call on His name and give Him the broken pieces of my life. Prayer can shatter the shackles of any misery that bind me, and keep me from enjoying the abundant life that is the inheritance of every Believer. This doesn’t mean my life will be like a Fantasy Island each day, but it means that I can have the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding regardless of what is taking place around me.

Prayer can break controlling habits that destroying my life; it can renew my hopes and dreams. It can give me a song in the night when everything around me makes no sense at all. I need to learn to pray without ceasing and watch as my life becomes completely transformed from the inside out.