1 Kings 18:24 “And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God.”
I cannot say that my prayers are powerful, but I do know that my God is powerful. He is the God Who answers by Fire. He is The All in All. He is The Great I Am! So while I am commissioned to pray, it is Jesus Who does the Work. Paul said, Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” David said, Psalms 100:3 “Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
The prophet, apostle, and king all leaned on the authority of the Lord. Their respective appointments did not determine the outcome of their missions. Rather, it was the Lord Who did the work. Elijah called down fire from Heaven, but it was the Lord Who sent the Fire. He heard the sound of abundance of rain, but it was the Lord Who sent the rain. Paul saw miracles; cast out devils; raised the dead during the course of his ministry, but it was the Lord Who gave manifestation to the spoken word. David was anointed King of Israel and obtained countless victories, but only through the authority granted him by permission of the Lord of Hosts. No one is powerful enough to send rain, fire, life, and victory but God. “…it is He…”
It is critical that we recognize Who it is that brings life, hope, and breath to all things. His name is Jesus and He is the Savior and Redeemer of the whole world. Without Him there is no power. Remove His Word and all things crumble beneath our feet. Everything is sinking sand, if God is not the God of our lives.
My only addition is that we are living in an era in which people believe they are the cause of the goodness in their life. It might seem that we are parsing words here, but our generation has become intensely spiritual. That is not to say that they are holy or obedient, only spiritual. As strange as it sounds, modern spirituality has nothing to do with sacrifice, submission, or the scripture. Many reject the authority of the Bible, but claim an inner spirituality. Some “believers” even decry God’s call to holiness in favor of their own subjective stance. They have become gods unto themselves. They believe in their own prayers, not in God’s Word. Today’s “believer” does not necessarily adhere to the authority of God, but to their own authority.
However, I say that the proof is in the fire and that fire cannot be reproduced by human thought or self-will. His fire is the Holy Ghost and after all is said and done, the truth remains… “It is He!”
Pastor Jeffrey Harpole