The doctor just said surgery is needed. The school just called wanting to discuss behavioral issues. A neighbor just made another insensitive remark. It happens more often than we care to admit, parenting a child with serious challenges --
We feel powerless. Because our journey can be such an overwhelming one, multiple trials continually coming at us from every angle, it doesn't take much to make us reach the tipping point. A couple of sleepless nights, and we are toast. A few days of our spouse being out of town on business, and we are ready to melt. One problematic bully, and it seems like everyone hates our child. It's just these sort of things that make us feel helpless and hopeless, trapped too close to despair.
It feels like things will never get better. We try, and try, and try, and try to solve all our own problems or at least manage the chaos, all to no avail. Life is still hard. Challenges still wash over us like merciless waves.
The good news is that there is One remedy that is simple, yet powerful. This life-line rescues even if our situation never improves. All we need to do is utter that Name above all names in a whispered prayer: JESUS.
We have this superpower living inside of us, but do we ever stop to think about it? In His Name, the blind could see, the disabled walked, and even today, many are physically and emotionally healed. By His Name, the angry, violent waves of a raging storm were stopped in their tracks. Because of this Name, people sang marching to their deaths, held their heads high, had their heads sheared off, hope never waning, and the Name remained strong. People have tried to silence the use of Jesus' Name since shortly after His redeeming death and resurrection. Even so, it cannot be silenced, and its use only increases. The more the Name is suppressed, the more it grows.
WHY do we try to do it on our own? Like a dog chasing its tail or digging itself into a deeper hole, we only tend to frustrate ourselves and make the situation worse.
We learn in Philippians 2:9-11 (GW):
This is why God has given him an exceptional honor—
the name honored above all other names—
so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth,
and in the world below will kneel
and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of God the Father.
Marinate on that. What other name can ever HOPE to be that renowned or famous? If we want power that can truly HELP, no other can compare!
It's past time that we start grabbing hold of that superpower dwelling within us. When you don't have a clue how to pray, utter the Name "Jesus," knowing His power is already dealing with what is on your heart. When you have lost all hope, cry out the Name of the Hope-Giver. He will catch you just like He did the sinking saint who tried to walk amidst the wind and the waves. When you don't feel like praising Him in your storm, lift the Name of Jesus in praise despite the emotion, and He will elevate your mood as you elevate Him in worship.
Is is any wonder we can stand in complete awe of Him? What other Name ever held that sort of life-giving power?
PRAY: Lord, sometimes my life is so complicated, it seems impossible to clearly function let alone memorize Scripture. Remind me that the answer to my troubles is as close as crying out Your Name.
~ Barb Dittrich