Philippians 4.6 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
"I CAN DO IT!"
If you are like me, I am sure you struggle with an “I CAN DO IT” attitude. If a problem arises “I can fix it”, if someone needs something “I can help them”. While there are times where this attitude can be godly in must be done in full awareness of our absolute inability to do ANYTHING apart from the providence of God. It is only in God that we can accomplish anything.
"I become dependent upon myself rather than God"
Since I have transitioned to being a lead pastor I am regularly confronted with the ungodliness of this attitude. Why is it ungodly? Because I become dependent upon myself rather than God. I find myself working relentlessly out of my own strength and power and not submitting to God for his leadership of my life and our church. This is an issue of the heart, am I really dependent upon God? Do I trust him? Do I believe that we he is doing the work that more can be accomplished when I trust him.
“Lord, make me a praying pastor”
My prayer going into the new year is “Lord, make me a praying pastor”. More than anything I have to do, I need to trust in what Christ has done. There is a freedom that comes from the reality that I do not have to earn my salvation. Jesus has done it! There is also a freedom that comes in this in that I know that Christ is the savior of everyone else as well. I can not save ANYBODY! When I pray, it is my prayer that God would use me to point people to Jesus Christ. My wife, my kids, my church, my family, my friends, our city! Jesus is the one who is mighty to save. I am praying for open lives and hearts, but God is the one who opens those hearts to receive his truth.
Prayer is my response; it is radical dependence upon a work of God through the power of His Holy Spirit. I believe that “I can do it” only because Christ “has done it”. I believe that “I can do it”, only because the power of the Holy Spirit that works in me to accomplish the will of God according to his plan and purpose.
Join us in prayer this Friday!
This Friday January 1st I am inviting our church to join me for prayer at Lake Eola. We will meet at the north lawn at 6:30am across from Panera Bread. Bring a blanket and a bible. Let’s pray in the New Year in desperate dependence upon the God who can save. We submit our requests before him in thanksgiving because we know he hears us in accordance of the riches of Jesus Christ.