S: Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same. Matthew 26:35 (ESV)
O: I believe this was Peter’s most earnest and honest plea. I know it is mine. But as my friend, reminded me last night, the disciples didn’t have Your Holy Spirit. So it was only will power that they could rely on. And relying on will power isn’t nearly as powerful as relying on Holy Spirit power.
A: I still rely too much on myself. I try to “will” my way through challenges and growth opportunities when what I ought to do is surrender. Surrender more to Your strength and power, because unlike the disciples (at this point), I do have Your Holy Spirit.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8, NIV (emphasis mine).
The things You want us to do for the Kingdom cannot be done with will power alone. Granted, will power enables us to accomplish those things in the natural, but it is Holy Spirit power that accomplishes things in the supernatural. And all things must occur in the supernatural – in the spirit and the unseen – before we can ever truly witness them in the natural.
Like Peter, there are things I want to do for You – to show that I am a believer and follower of You. But how can I accomplish – and sustain – those things without Your help? I might be able to for a little while – even a long while – but eventually my strength will wear out.
But not Yours. For Your Word promises:
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
P: Oh Lord, I need Your strength. Holy Spirit fill me today! You know what lies ahead and what challenges and growth opportunities are before me. Give me Your strength and Your power to do that which brings honor to Your name alone. I love you, Jesus. Help me to do the Father’s will – not by my strength or will, but by Your Holy Spirit power.