Power in the Unveiling
This prayer describes an amazing truth. The unlimited riches of God’s glory and favor are present within you just waiting to be unveiled. Before any unveiling however, their exists a preparatory phase. In this preparatory phase there is no movement forward, instead, a kind of potential energy is brewing.
Physics 101 In physics, potential energy can be defined as the energy created by the object’s stresses within itself. It is during these times of preparation that we eagerly await the unveiling and are fueled by a deeper spiritual awareness—we are created for more! In the above verse the apostle Paul explains that when we position ourselves to receive and allow God’s power to unveil the glory and favor already within us, we experience an inner stress relative to our position and relation to God. I believe this stress is reflective of a deeper knowing inside us all—the kingdom of God is in our midst! And for those who are passionate, we experience this inner stress paradoxically and most especially when all is well (i.e status quo).
Potential energy can also be defined as the energy possessed by an object by virtue of its relationship to other objects. This form of potential energy has the potential to change the state of other objects around it. When we become more conscious of the presence of the Divine, God is provoked by our desire for more and in turn we are enlivened by God’s power from within. His presence taps in and unveils the potential power present within us.
This unveiling is not for the faint of heart. It requires passion and a supernatural strength to be able to take hold of its power. Jesus described John the Baptist as one of the passionate ones in Matthew 11 where he said, the realm of heaven’s kingdom is bursting forth, and passionate people have taken hold of its power (verse 12, ESV). Like an arrow drawn back in its bow by a marksman, when God draws us to himself we are propelled forward and further than we’ve ever gone before. In the twinkle of an eye everything changes as we move out of the season of potential energy and experience the kingdom’s kinetic energy. It is the moment when all the work he is dong deep in us finds its expression in a new and even more purpose-filled way.
Recognizing that we live in a heavenly kingdom that is forcefully advancing (Matthew 11:12 ESV), passionate people hitch a ride on the kinetic power of God’s kingdom which is forcefully advancing. His flood carries and empowers us with a supernatural grace and power to cause an effect on those around us.