Day 20 | The Power of God


Read: Romans 1:16–17

Key Verse: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  —Romans 1:16

Have you ever felt powerless?

Recently I was driving a church shuttle to a ministry retreat with 10 pastors and directors. Before we started on our way to the retreat center, I asked the team to join me in prayer. My prayer was interrupted as the other vehicles began to drive away. We hurriedly filed into the shuttle and went on our way, but when we got on I-405 and headed north, we hit heavy traffic. To avoid getting stuck, I accelerated into the HOV lane but instantly noticed cars breaking in front of me—within a split second I saw a large 15 passenger van with a blown tire in my lane. I was pinned between concrete on my left and cars on my right. I hit the brakes as hard as I could; I knew we were going to hit. At the last second, I saw a tiny opening between my lane and the lane just to the right. I steered through what seemed like the eye of a needle—POW, I heard something hit. The passengers gasped. The car next to me honked, and I realized we made it through and everyone was alive, but what had I hit? A white sedan waved at me, so we found a safe spot and pulled over. The other driver and I looked at his car, but all we could find was that his mirror had been simply folded in. We popped it back into place and drove away, still a little rattled nonetheless.

I share this story as an example of the power of prayer. After the near accident, we talked for the rest of the trip about how amazing it was that God had protected us, and how awesome it was that we were all safe. Make prayer a priority! God’s power is found in the Good News that He gave it all for us. We tap that power when we pray and invite him into our every day. So pray, pray, pray. Prayer brings God’s Power!

Prayer: We recognize Your power. And we ask for Your power to move in our lives. Keep us safe as we serve You. And give us boldness to tell others of Your life-changing love.

Tim Burke | Director of Outreach & Local Missions

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