Excerpt From: Bounds, E.M. “Power Through Prayer.”
The Power through Prayer by EM Bounds has captivated me in the first couple of pages. The excerpt above really convicted my heart, intellectually I know the Holy Spirit doesn't flow through methods but men, yet I believe I have never actually meditated on that fact.
Being a Christian since 1995 I have seen lots of methods to help the body of Christ be better. I myself have created methods or plans to reach a goal or grow in a specific area of my character. Although I believe that having methods and plans are great they are nothing if we loose sight of the fact that God works through people.
I love how Bounds says, "God doesn't anoint plans, but men-men of prayer".
I can be guilty of spending more time planning than praying, more time agonizing and getting stressed out over a plan I have than praying about it.
I am guilty of rationalizing why I don't pray as much about certain spiritual goals, plans or desires, hopes and dreams. Without realizing it I unconsciously conclude that God has anointed the plan not me.
The times in my life when I surrender any plan I have before God, anytime I surrender that His will be done not mine, I not only find myself at peace but my plan turns out to be better than I imagined.
I have so many life examples where it is so clear that things turned out amazing because God anointed me even thought the plan I had didn’t work the way I envision it.
I have learned that every thing I set out to do will need me to be flexible, things will turn out exactly how they need to be if I remember that God uses men to bring Him glory not men's ideas.
My twenty-anniversary party is one example, I had a plan on how I wanted the party to turn out, but along the way parts of the plan kept falling apart. I found myself impatient and frustrated. One day I felt so overwhelmed I decided to pray. I prayed that God would be glorified. That the party will truly be a representation of his Mighty Work in my husband and my life, I let go and I trusted.
God did anoint me with peace and the event turned out to be more than I could think of (I wrote details about it under the segment on my website call Lessons Learned). God was glorified and I was reminded that God doesn’t anoint plans or events but people.
Dear God good morning, I pray to remember that there is a reason why you say in Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
You want me to bring everything that is in my heart to you even the things that seem so trivial so you can remind me that you are in control and not what is happening in my life. I pray to always be aware when I am giving more power to my accomplishments, circumstances or challenges instead of You who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine as Ephesians 3:20 says.
May I always be willing to be anointed by you so I can do your perfect will for my life.
In Jesus Name I Pray