THE LORD’S PRAYER – GOD’S SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven…
Yes to your prayer. My son Jesus has set-up the kingdom. All you got to do is appropriate it and let it come. He did it 2014 years ago and He has been holding Earth together since then. Since then you have made great strides forward. You’ve made wheels self-propelled, made machines fly, made it to the moon and back, made it to space. Now you’ve got instant coffee and noodles and distant and instant communications and you’ve got the internet and the internet cloud. He is going back in a cloud to celebrate with you for the unimaginable (to you) that you’ve done and will do. Is this (the internet cloud) your foresight or is this a hint? Yes, nobody knows when but He will go back soon. Figure it out.
My will? Do it and it’s done. As you can see, your prayers are answered. You are the answer. You have My Special Power of Attorney! You’ve done well with my SPA and you will do better. Pray and make work fun, relax and enjoy. Never worry. Stretch – yes, stress – never!
Yes, Dad, will do. Thank you for your SPA! It is truly special! See Him soon! You relax too, OK?
GOD’S SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
REFLECTIONS – May 17, 2013
DR. JUN VENCER
(Note: Dr. Agustin B. Vencer, Jr. is the president of Global Transformational Ministries Inc. and former president of World Council of Evangelical Churches, the first Filipino to hold the post. Dr. Vencer writes “Reflections”, a series of reflections on the Christian experience. God’s Special Power of Attorney is posted with permission given to Bob Calida.)
Jesus said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (Jn. 14:14). Another passage says, “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, you will have them” (Mk. 11:24). Also, we are told that because God hears our prayers then “whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 Jn. 5:15). Anything? Whatever? Anytime? Anywhere? This sounds like prayer unlimited! In insurance term, this is full or comprehensive coverage. Of course the coverage is more that full since it includes our physical, financial, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs. So why is it that many of our prayers and petitions are not answered? As someone said, God gave us a blank check and it bounced. Did not the writer of Hebrews say that it is “impossible for God to lie” (Heb. 6:18)? Is God playing a cruel joke on us? But since we cannot really believe that God will ever do that, then what does anything or whatever mean? Is God’s capacity to answer prayers limited after all? But how can anyone put a limit on God since with God nothing is impossible (Lk. 1:37)? In what sense is this promise given? Are there hidden qualifiers to the promise of God answering our prayers?
God’s promises are given with a particular background. In this sense, some seemingly unlimited promises have limitations. God’s promises are circumscribed by His Word. He cannot act contrary to His holy nature and perfect will. In other words, “whoever” is not everyone and “anything” is not everything. Not to recognize this can lead to doubt or disappointment.
Let me give an illustration. The President of a Construction Corporation instructed an employee to repair the plumbing system of a customer who called up and added “call me for anything you need.” On the way, the employee remembered what his President told him to “call me for anything.” The employee called his boss and asked for a new house and lot. Is this what the President meant by “anything you need”? Or did the President mean, though not explicit, that the anything refers to that which the employee needs to accomplish the repair of a defective plumbing system? In other words, the anything of God, refers to anything that will help us accomplish what He commands us to do.
The promise of God was preceded by the qualifier “ask in My name” that the “Father be glorified in the Son” (Jn. 14:13,14). Often, we give God our “want list” and say “in Jesus’s name, amen.” In this regard, another qualifier is given by Paul, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19). We take notice that the supply is guaranteed for our needs not our wants.
Someone interpreted God’s promise as a Power of Attorney to use His resources for our purposes. Clearly, the promise is not a General Power of Attorney but a Special Power of Attorney that makes resources available only to carry out a specific transaction. To use another illustration, a policeman has power (gun) and authority (badge) but he can exercise them only within the law. B. J. Whillhite, aided by his Greek Lexicon, said that meaning of the text in effect is “Whatever you ask by My command and authority, acting in My behalf, for the advancement of My kingdom, I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” God cannot answer prayers when offered at the altar of greed and self-centeredness. However, we cannot engage in paralysis of analysis, and wait until we complete our definitive list of what is and is not God’s will, what He will answer and will not answer. We can only go as far. With His Word as our guide, let us keep on praying. Let us earnestly present to God our cares and cry out to Him for mercy until our eyes are like rivers of tears. Our hope is in the fact that He is our heavenly Father who loves us and will provide for all our needs. Amen.