The saying is all too true: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The headlines confirm that every day. But what if there was a power that DIDN’T corrupt? What if that power was already in your grasp?
I came across just such a power recently in a book I was reading. It was written in the form of a prayer, you know, along the lines of things like, “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts…” Here’s the quote:
“May [God] give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”
Here is power to accomplish good things. And we’re talking about good things that are prompted by faith, or allegiance to God and his kingdom. This saying forces us to consider, “What good things is my faith prompting me to do?” Take a minute right now to ponder that question. How would you answer it? Grab a pen and paper and jot down the top three things that come to mind.
This kind of power is almost the exact opposite of power that corrupts. It’s power that restores, power that heals, power that gives life. What if you could wield that kind of power? What if you could dispense that kind of power? What impact would that have in your life? In your relationships? In your career?
That power is available to you in the same way it was available to the person who wrote it. His name was Paul, and he was praying that kind of power for people he knew; for people who would need that power. You can find our more details about Paul and the people he was writing to in the book in the New Testament called 2 Thessalonians. It’s found in chapter one of that book.
So maybe today, or the next time you’re facing power that has corrupted, you can just pause for a moment and call on the God of all power to dispense the life-giving power that Paul mentions. You might even want to memorize this simple prayer:
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)
Pray it for yourself. Pray it for your family. Pray it for your boss, or your teacher, or your co-worker. Pray it to unleash the kind of power that doesn’t corrupt but that instead brings H.O.P.E. I know that’s how I’m praying for you today.