Thinking about power

Week beginning: 28th April, 2019 | By | Torquay

"For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory"

Matthew 6:13 (KJV)

The Lord's Prayer is said innumerable times; the words may trip off our lips easily whether we think of them or not. One of the words I believe we fail to think about sufficiently is the word "power." Lawyers exercise power ever day of their professional lives when they advise clients. When I was appointed to the bench a senior judge said to me "you are going to have great power." Such was his tone of voice and body language that he really meant "you mind how you use your power."

Christians should remind themselves constantly that, however blest (and powerful) they are in this world, they are to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ whom the Apostle Paul describes as "the power of God, and the wisdom of God." (1 Cor 1:24 KJV).

Perhaps the one text lawyers should keep in mind is Eph 6:10, where Paul encourages believers to be "strong in the Lord and in his mighty power" (NIV) i.e. in all our advising and decision-making to have a deep faith in God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and giver of the Holy Spirit and in his power to help us and guide us throughout life. In all we say and do for God we must rely upon his power rather than our own. He chooses us to work for him and promises the power to do it. Obedience is accompanied by power.

Prayer points:

1. Pray the Lord's Prayer and dwell on the power of the one to whom we pray.
2. Pray for humility and a recognition that all power comes from the most powerful one.