Ephesians 3:14-21

If we want to have power at work within us we need to know the source and character of this power…

Know who we are praying to…

The writer prays to God, the Creator, through whom and by whom everyone on earth, every ethnic group, every country, every individual… all of us are created in the image and likeness of God… that is, all of us have God in us.

This God who is no respecter of persons. This God who looks at the heart and not at the outside… This God, whose steadfast love and mercy endures forever… This is the God we are praying to… This God should be the source of our power.

This is the God we have come to worship. This is the God we serve. This is the God we love. This God, the God who loves us first. This is the God of Bethel. Ain’t no room for other gods up in here… Ain’t no room for the god of greed or the god of power.

We ain’t praying to that god. That god ain’t the source of our power. We shall have no other gods before us… Know who we are praying to… too many, too many of us are praying to the wrong God… We want a God to bless us, but not others… That ain’t the God we are praying to. This God doesn’t bless nations, this God creates and blesses the world and all there is in it…

Some folks pray to a God that they feel ordains the separation of migrant children from their parents because of law and order. That ain’t the God we pray to. That god of separation in the name of law and order was wrong when it had children on auction blocks to be sold while mothers watched on with tears in their eyes. We’ve seen this before. It was ungodly then and it’s ungodly now. It doesn’t matter what Bible verse folk quote to justify it… this ain’t the God we praying to. We are praying to a God of the widow, the orphan and the poor. The god of “law and order,” the god of “separation” should not be the source of our power. That god is an idol. The God we serve says “remember that you were once strangers and aliens In Egypt so don’t oppress the stranger or alien in your land; I am the LORD!”

People pray to a God that will bless their ethnic group… this ain’t the God we are praying to… We are all God’s children… This God of love should be the source of our power. People pray to God to bless their ministry, bless their power, bless their homes, bless their influence… while never considering or caring about others. Folks who pray like that are worse than those who don’t pray at all…

Yeah. I said it.

Paul says, that ain’t the God I’m praying to… That’s not the source of my power. The source is a God of love who created this world with love in mind. I’m praying to the Father… I’m praying to the originator… I’m praying to the creator and sustainer of us all… I’m praying to the One that Cannot Be Named… the One Who cannot be Domesticated… the One who Cannot Be Boxed In…. All the while we praying to gods to help us box each other in…

Who or what is the source of our power? We can quote all the scripture we want but if our source and character of power is wack and ungodly, then our use of scripture and scripture itself becomes wack.

The God of love is our God. Do not misuse the name of our God and have no other gods before our God… because condemnation separation and domination await those who claim they are in relationship with this God but really serve idols.

Faith, hope, and love

©️2018 M. J. Sales

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