Many men pray for the power of God.
Those prayers sound powerful, sincere, godly and without ulterior motive.
Hidden under such prayer and fervor, however, are ambition, a craving for fame, the desire to be considered a spiritual giant.
The man who prays such prayer may not even know it, but such dark motives and desires are in his heart.
Even as men pray these prayers, they are hollow inside. There is little internal spiritual growth.
Prayer for power is the quick and the short way, circumnavigating internal growth.
There is a vast difference between the outward clothing of the Spirit’s power and the inward filling of the Spirits life.
In the first, despite the power, the hidden man of the heart may remain unchanged. In the latter, that monster is dealt with.
Interesting about God. He hears all those requests for power, which fervent young men pray (in every generation) and He answers them!
Very often He grants those requests for power, for authority.
Sometimes in answering them, he says “yes” to some very unworthy vessels.
He gives unworthy men Power?
Even though they are a pile of dead men’s bones inside?
Why does God do such a thing?
The answer is both simple and shocking.
He sometimes gives unworthy vessels a greater portion of power so that it might eventually be revealed for all to see the true state of internal nakedness within that man.
So think again when you hear the power merchant. Remember: God sometimes gives power to men for unseen reasons. A man can be living in the grossest of sin and the outward gift will still be working perfectly.
The gifts of God, once given, cannot be recalled. Even in the presence of sin.
Furthermore, some men, living just such lives, are the Lord’s anointed…in the Lord’s eye.
Saul was living proof of this fact.
The gifts cannot be revoked.
Terrifying isn’t it?
If you are young and have never seen such things, you may be certain that sometime in the next 40 years you will see.
Highly gifted and very powerful men… reputed to be leaders in the Kingdom of God, do some very dark and ugly deeds.
What does this world need: Gifted men, outwardly empowered?
Or broken men inwardly transformed?
Keep in mind that some of the men who have been given the very power of God have raised armies, defeated the enemy, brought forth mighty works of God, preached and prophesied with unparalleled power and eloquence…
And thrown spears,
And hated other men,
And attacked other men,
And plotted to kill,
And prophesied naked,
And even consulted witches.
A Tale of Three Kings