Power and Light for the Dark Hours
Dúnamis is the DYNAMIC POWER OF ABILITY. Some times this Greek New Testament word is translated power, sometimes strength, and sometimes miracle. The Greek Verb that goes with it is dúnamai. It is often translated with the simple meaning "to be able." So, whether the need is for the power of a dynamic miracle, or for the strength to get up and go in the morning, it can flow unto us from what was released at the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. On each day we will take a passage that makes use of this "powerful" word and let it help us in our praying.
DAY 1--All the dynamic ability of the universe belongs to God and it is available for His Kingdom.
Mt 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from (the) evil (one): For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power (dúnamis), and the glory, for ever. Amen. Ps 145:10,11 All thy works shall praise thee, 0 LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. They shall speak of the glory of Thy Kingdom, and talk of Thy power...
FATHER, I make this confession: I believe Your power has no boundary known to man. It is not limited by time, space or the condition of things around me. It will find its release toward me in my tests and trials, in my temptations, and in my afflictions. It will bring me into a place of safety and security. Your power is as superior to the power of the enemy as light is superior to darkness and eternity is superior to time.
How Moses Recognized God's Power--Deut 3:24; 9:26-29
DAY 2--The demonstration of mighty works brought on by God's power should bring about repentance and humility.
Mt 11:20,21 Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works (demonstrations of dúnamis power) were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
FATHER, teach me to watch the hand of Your power. Let it bring me to humility and repentance. Situations are upon us now in which we have no hope, unless You move in power. With Your movement, bring conviction to the hearts of us all. We will bow before You.
If powerful works of mercy do not bring repentance, then judgment may--Rev 9:20,21; Rev 16:9
DAY 3--Unbelief hinders the release of God's power.
Mt 13:58 And He did not many mighty works (demonstrations of dúnamis power) there because of their unbelief Mt 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? (Literally, "Why did we have no power to cast him out?") And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
FATHER, deal with the unbelief in us that hinders the release of Your power. Sometimes, because we are in the midst of trouble, it is difficult to believe. Please bring Your grace upon this situation I now hold before You. Release the Spirit of Faith in our hearts so we may believe You fully, and see Your hand move.
How Unbelief Will Prevent Us from Entering God's Rest--Heb 3:12-19
DAY 4--Even a small amount of faith opens the way for the release of God's power.
Mk 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe (Lit. "if you are able to believe"), all things are possible to him that believeth. Jn 4:49-51 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
FATHER, show us Your great power. Sickness and weakness have ruled long enough in these lives I bring before You. I present my little faith before You. I ask that Your Spirit will work a greater faith in us all as we watch Your healing power, and Your deliverance.
How One Person's Simple Belief Opened the Way for the Release of God's Power in Another Person--Mk 5:35-43
DAY 5--Unbelief in one can hinder the release of God's power in another.
Mt 17:19,20 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? (Lit. "Why did we have no power to cast him out?") And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
FATHER, here are these people. I bring them before You because they seem to have no faith of their own. Let Your grace and mercy come over them and convict them to trust You fully. Visit them by Your Spirit. Show them Your love and compassion. Heal them by Your power and draw them into Your Kingdom.
How the Lord Will Command His Servants in the Last Hour to Have Compassion on the Terribly Needy--Lk 14:21-23
DAY 5--Ignorance of the Scriptures and of the power of God leaves one open to deception.
Mt 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power (dúnamis) of God.
FATHER, my ignorance is great. But I have a heart to learn. Bring me forward in knowing Your Word so I can know Your power in greater measure. Bring desire upon these I hold before You. Cause them to want to know the Scriptures too--and Your grace, and Your power.
Discovering the Wonderful Power of God's Word to Convert the Soul--Ps 19:7-9
DAY 6--Just as in the creation of Adam, the power of the Highest overshadowed Mary for the creation of Jesus in her womb.
Lk 1:34,35 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her; The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power (dúnamis) of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also That Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
FATHER, I thank You for this wonderful work of Your power in Mary. It brought Your Only Begotten Son into the world, free from the power of sin's corruption. Teach me in this how You are drawn toward purity for the effective release of Your power in all of us.
The Drawing toward Purity--II Tim 2:22; Heb 10:22; I Jn 3:1
DAY 7--Jesus, after being tested of the devil, began to move in the power of the Spirit.
Lk 4:13,14a And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power (dúnamis) of the Spirit into Galilee...
FATHER, show us that the trials, and sometimes cruel tests, brought on us by the devil will not destroy us. Your power and Your faithfulness will prevail through all his attacks. Show us how we can come forth stronger for the purposes of Your Kingdom. Show this to these I love.
Discovering the Excellency of God's Power--II Cor 4:7-11
DAY 8--The healing power of the Lord attends the opening of His Word.
Lk 5:16,17 And He withdrew Himself into the wilderness, and prayed. And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power (dúnamis) of the Lord was present to heal them.
FATHER, show us the healing power of Your Word. Cause us to love it and spend time with it so that its grace and strength can fill our minds and hearts. Let it come over on the emotions, the will, the conscience, and physical being of each one I hold before You. Draw them to love Your Word and to know its healing power.
Remembering how God's Healing Power Worked in the Early Church--Acts 6:7,8; Acts 8:6,7; Acts 19:10,11
DAY 9--The desperate faith of an oppressed woman attracted the attention of the Lord and received His power for her healing.
Lk 8:43-46 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind Him, and touched the border of His garment and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched Me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with Him said, Master, the multitude throng Thee and press Thee, and sayest Thou, Who touched Me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched Me: for I perceive that virtue (dúnamis, power) is gone out of Me.
DEAR LORD, some days I feel as desperate as that woman. I need Your healing power. Let it come into my body and heal the pain. Let it come into my heart and heal the way I feel about myself--and about others. Let it come into my spirit and consume the guilt. Let it come into my memory and heal the fear and the despair. Let it come into my mind and heal the dread of living that tries to come over me.
The Gentle, but Powerful, Word of the Lord Jesus to the Weary--Mt 11:27-30
DAY 10--Jesus gave the Twelve power and authority over all demons and to heal the sick.
Lk 9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power (dúnamis) and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. Ac 9:34 And Peter said unto him, AEneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
DEAR LORD, I've watched those early disciples of Yours. Your power moved through them. I believe You never withdrew that power and that it will move through us. Let it move through me. Let me be an instrument in Your hands for healing. There are many I know who need healing. I hold these ones before You now.
How He Never Withdrew His Commission--Mt 28:18-20
DAY 11--The authority given by Jesus enables us to overcome all the power of the enemy.
Lk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power (Greek exousía, authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (dúnamis) of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Lk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
FATHER, here are people who seem to live under the power of the enemy. I hold them before Your Throne. I call their name in Your presence and ask You to move in their behalf. Convict them with Your presence. With the authority You give me--I loose them, in Jesus Name.
The Secret Place of Continuing Triumph--Ps 91:1-16
DAY 12--Jesus commanded the early disciples to stay right where they were until they were endued with power.
Lk 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power (dúnamis) from on high. Ac 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
LORD, plant obedience in us. We're so busy running to and fro that we have little time to wait in Your presence. Stop us by Your Spirit. Cause us to listen to You. Help us wait until we are endued with that same power.
What Happened when the Spirit Came--Ac 2:1-4
DAY 13--Here is one of the last promises of the Lord Jesus.
Ac 1:8 But ye shall receive power (dúnamis), after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Here is another of His last promises: . . . lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world--Mt 28:20b.)
LORD, help us hear Your promises. Draw these hearts I hold before You. Let them know Your mercy. Show them Your grace. Reveal to them Your power. Teach them to trust You even in the darkness of this present hour.
The Prophetic Promise that All Nations Will See God's Power and Glory--Is 42:10; Is 49:6; Is 52:10; Is 66:19
DAY 14--Peter gave witness that the healing of the impotent man was by God's power.
Ac 3:12,13a And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power (dúnamis) or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus...
LORD, many of us are impotent when we should be filled with the power You give. Help us open ourselves before You so Your power will come upon us and work in us. Make us instruments of healing to those around us who are sick both in their spirits and in their bodies.
The Simple Instructions to Healers--Jas 5:14,15
DAY 15--There are three things to note about the witness of the Apostles: It was with power. It was that Jesus was raised from the dead. It was attended by the grace of God.
Ac 4:33 And with great power (dúnamis) gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
FATHER, I long for the great power and grace that was manifest in those early believers. Help me give witness--Oh, help me BE a witness--of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Every person I know is in need of these three powerful things. Let them be known upon us all.
How the Power Came in Those Early Days--Ac 5:12-16
DAY 16--Stephen, a humble servant in the church, became a man of faith and power.
Ac 6:3,5,8 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.... and they chose Stephen... And Stephen, full of faith and power (dúnamis), did great wonders and miracles among the people.
FATHER, teach us how being a humble servant of others is not offensive to the Holy Spirit. Show us how He delights to show His power in vessels of humility. Show us how He will still come upon us and release His faith and power in us, even though we may suffer for it.
The Value of Humility--II Chron 7:14; Is 57:15; Mt 18:4
DAY 17--God, Who did special miracles through the hands of Paul, is no respecter of persons.
Acts 19:11,12 And God wrought special miracles (dúnamis) by the hands of Paul: so that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
FATHER, here are my hands. Use them to work miracles in the lives of these around me. Let my touch convey Your love, Your anointing, Your power to heal and deliver. Use me as a healing instrument.
How the Early Ministries Moved in Power--Ac 5:12; Ac 14:3; Ac 15:12; Ac 16:18
DAY 18--Paul declared Jesus to be the Son of God on three counts: He moved with power. He lived according to the Spirit of Holiness. He was raised from the dead.
Rom. 1:1-4 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God (which He had promised afore by His Prophets in the Holy Scriptures), concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power (dúnamis), according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead...
FATHER, I call myself a follower of the Lord Jesus. Impress these three counts upon me. Keep me acquainted with Your power. Keep me living a holy life. Make me a partaker of the Resurrection power that was released when You raised Jesus from the dead.
The Power of a Life that Knows the Resurrection of Christ--II Cor 5:14-21
DAY 19--There are powers that would oppose us, but none of them can separate us from the love of God manifest for us in Christ Jesus.
Rom 8:38,39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers (dúnamis), nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able (dúnatai) to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
LORD, here I am safe in Your bosom, but these I love don't know this precious place. Show them how dear they are to You. Show them Your mercy. Show them Your power. Show them Your healing grace and redeeming love. O, DEAR LORD, hold them close.
The Holding Power of His Love--Jn 10:28-30
DAY 20--It is God's prerogative to raise up even unbelieving rulers to show His power through them.
Rom 9:17 For the Scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show My power (dúnamis) in thee, and that My Name might be declared throughout all the earth.
FATHER, raise up leaders in our land through whom You will show Your power. Bring conviction upon the hearts and minds of those who vote. Show us the leaders through whom You will bring Your purposes to pass.
The Ordination of God upon Rulers--Rom 13:1-7
DAY 21--Herein, we discover the power of the full Gospel as Paul preached it.
Rom. 15:18,19 ... to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders ["in the power (dúnamis) of signs and wonders"], by the power (dúnamis) of the Spirit of God.. .1 have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
FATHER, raise up preachers in the land who will proclaim the Gospel of Your Kingdom in all its fullness. Bring conviction to the unbelievers. Call forth righteousness that will measure up to the words spoken. Bring signs and wonders to Your people. Let us know the power of Your Spirit moving in our midst.
The Power Manifest in the Gospel--Ac 5:1 2-16
DAY 22--Paul saw that the Word of the Cross was the power of God.
I Cor 1:18 For the preaching (the lógos) of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power (dúnamis) of God.
DEAR LORD, help us hear this Word in the land. Let the preaching that comes forth bear within it the mighty Word of the Cross. Let the Word of the Kingdom come too. Let Your power become known wherever Your Word is heard. O, let it work a new work, and a deep work, in us. Let it change us for Your Kingdom.
Christ, the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God--I Cor 1:18-24
DAY 23--Through the power of God's Spirit we can abound in hope.
Rom 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power (dúnamis) of the Holy Ghost.
DEAR FATHER, what hope You are giving me! At last I am free to know Your grace and Your peace. I am learning, in greater measure than ever, how faithful You are. O, let the power of Your Spirit come over me, and over these I hold before You! Let their hope abound too.
Begotten unto a Living Hope, Kept by the Power of God--I Pet 1:3-5
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