The Power Prayer. Quicken me, Lord.
DEVOTIONAL for Wednesday 29th March 2017
The shroud of Turin is an interesting artifact. Whether you are of the opinion that it is real or a forgery, there is solid scientific evidence through Carbon dating identifying it as being created in the land of Israel 2000 years ago. Of course, it can never be conclusively proven to be the grave cloth that covered the dead body of Jesus. However, I’m not sure that is really important. The thing I like about the shroud is how it depicts the surge of resurrection life. The power of the Spirit of God exploding out of the body of Jesus, as He rose from the dead. In so doing, creating almost a photographic negative like image on the cloth, of the body beneath as it was brought from death to life.
This idea of the power of the Spirit exploding from within fits so well with Paul’s description of resurrection in Rom 8:11. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. The word “quicken” has to do with a state of change. A change brought about by the same Spirit that caused the Words of God in creation to become physical realities. It speaks of a violent action of the Spirit, exploding within the body. Powerfully regenerating and renewing the flesh and bones as the effects of death were irrevocably reversed. This word, “quicken” is used a number of times in Scripture. It nearly always in connection with the promises of the Word of God which are seen as being the foundation of the action. Now the context in Paul’s teaching is obviously to do with physical resurrection of the dead. However, David uses the same word four times in Psalm 119. Asking the Lord to bring an identical explosive action of the Spirit’s life and power in his mind and body:
My soul cleaves unto the dust, quicken me according to your Word Psalm 119:25
I am afflicted very much, quicken me O Lord, according to thy Word. Psalm 119:107
Consider my affliction and deliver me: for I do not forget thy Law. Plead my cause and deliver me: quicken me according to thy Word. Psalm 119: 153-154
Then in Psalm 119:50 David talks of the action of the Spirit in past tense as he testifies to the Spirit’s actions – This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy Word has quickened me.
This was obviously a prayer that David regularly prayed, “Quicken me, O Lord” and his experience was that as he prayed, standing on the promises of the Word, the Holy Spirit would explode within him, bringing change and deliverance.
When you need power, pray this prayer
When you need the power of the Spirit to invade your body or bring peace and restoration to your mind, this is a great prayer to pray. Simply, “quicken me Lord according to your Word”. What you are saying is – let the same power of the Spirit that brought the dead body of Jesus to life, affect and explode in this body of mine. You are standing on the promises of God, which Peter tells us have been given to us for this life and which are all made available in Christ. (2 Peter 1:3-4) You can pray this with expectation that He will come and bring explosive change.
If you are battling some sickness, pain or other diagnosis today. Simply pray, “Quicken me, Lord, quicken this body, my organs, my blood, my eyes (etc.) by the power of your Spirit according to your Word – those promises concerning healing. You are Jehovah Rapha, explode the power of life within me, overcome the power of death by releasing the Spirit of life. The same explosive life that raised Jesus from the dead. Let me feel that power inside. Let me experience full restoration and healing in Jesus Name. Amen”
Quicken me, Lord