Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come
among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver
us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and
the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
DARE WE really pray this prayer? DARE WE actually mean this? What would happen if God really released power? What would happen if the Father actually manifested among us with “great might”?
Would we embrace Him? Would we yield to the outpouring? Would we allow ourselves to be broken and repent “speedily” of our sins? Or would we resist? Avoid?
What would happen if we– as a people– really received the amazing bounty of Papa’s grace and mercy? Not assented theologically or accepted intellectually… but really received his favor and pardon into the depths of our woundedness, our brokenness, our selfishness, our religiosity?
Would we be changed? Would we do “church” differently? Would the world marvel at how we love each other? Hmmm….
So, yes. Let’s pray it again. But be careful what you pray for… because our God delights to answer the prayers of His people. Amen!