1.18.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Drawing Power Like a Trolley

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• The book I’m currently reading has been really difficult to get through.

However, I’m glad I’m sticking with it…

While trying to navigate through complex sentences that are structured from a different time and culture, I have run across some great nuggets of wisdom.

This morning, I read a quote from Adoniram Judson Gordon who was a preacher in the 1800s.

He said:

“Just in front of the study window where I write is a street above which it is said that a powerful electric current is constantly moving. I cannot see that current: it does not report itself to hearing, or sight, or taste, or smell, and so far as the testimony of the senses is to be taken, I might reasonably discredit its existence. But I see a slender arm, called the trolley, reaching up and touching it; and immediately the car with its heavy load of passengers moves along the track…The power had been there before, only now the car lays hold of it or is rather laid hold of by it… instead of a constant effort to make use of the Holy Spirit for doing my work there arose a clear and abiding conviction that the true secret of service lay in so yielding to the Holy Spirit that He might use me to do His work…”

His words give a great illustration to the power of the Holy Spirit and how He can move in our lives when we cling to Him.

Alone, we can’t go far on our own power.

But we can be strengthened through His, as we are reminded in Ephesians 3:16.

Today, as you pray, thank the Holy Spirit for the power He offers.

Ask Him to help you as you navigate life, understanding that your power will never be enough.

Ask Him to equip you for what He wants you to do, and ask Him to let you trust in the strength He alone provides.

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