A couple of years ago, my Mom introduced me to a book written by Ruth Myers, 31 Days of Praise. While I was reading this book and researching the author, I found another one of her titles, 31 Days of Power. Now, it's not the 'fleshy' power that our humanness thinks of, but the power that is found only in Christ. She writes love letters to God, based completely on scripture. Each paragraph sites the verses from where the reference is taken. I read it for 9 days (that is where my bookmark was), and didn't finish. This morning, as I was reflecting over this week, I felt discouraged. I was not organized, feeling overwhelmed and just down right ungrateful. Friends, that is not victory. Along with reading scripture, I felt prompted to find the devotional book and begin again, reading it to my children at breakfast.
Day one of the book reminds us that we are in the middle of a spiritual war. Our Father God has given us the "powerful weapons of prayer and praise to help win victories over our spiritual enemies," and that "through prayer and praise I can help believers around me to be strong in their faith and bold in their witness even when Satan seeks to sift them as wheat."
31"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32but strengthen your brothers. I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. Luke 22:31-32
9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10