In sports, especially basketball, there is such a move as “power play”, meaning executing a play with sheer, oftentimes brute, force, full strength and using the physical advantage (height, bulk, muscles, speed, etc.). Imagine a basketball player driving to the ring with three depending players trying to stop his onslaught and block his attempt, but with brute force and guts he is able to lift himself up in the air and amidst flailing hands, manages to dunk the ball through the ring. This is power play! The crowd loves it, goes wild, cheering, shouting, jumping, even dancing. This power play oftentimes results into getting a foul from the defending players thus a bonus point (free throw at the foul line).
In our life, there is an equivalent but seldom used move, this is, “Power Pray”. People who are not aware of this, oftentimes suffer great emptiness, hopelessness, discouragement, despair, and in worst case go into irreversible depression. Power Pray is not only a move, it is also a great weapon against the three principal enemies of our life, namely, the devil, the world and the flesh. These triple whammies are super “irresistibles” and like sea Siren encountered by Ulysses and his men, we may be lured by the music of temptation that before long we may plunge into the sea of destruction. Fortunately, however, like Circe, these enemies though irresistible, are not vulnerable! But to conquer and defeat this kind of enemies we need more than ordinary human efforts. They are superpowers, therefore, they can only be overcome by a super counter move. And this is Power Pray!
Yes, we need Power Pray in our life!
When we are facing so many obstacles, frustrations, failures and emptiness in our life, we feel that there is no hope, that Satan and his cohorts are feasting on us, that our prayers are not heard, and finally, that God is nowhere and has forsaken us (which of course, is not true, see Joshua 1:5, Old Testament and Hebrews 13:5, New Testament, to mention a few). When we come into this stage of life we become bitter and begin to blame God for all the sufferings we encounter, and we may even begin to entertain the idea of giving ourselves to the devil. How horrible! But this is a reality. Look around us, read the newspapers, watch TV news and you will observe many people resorting to all kinds of unchristian and evil ways, just to forget the sufferings, pains and failures. Many now are even finding death as a solution to problems and many still are not just “dying to die” but taking suicide as the end-all, the panacea to all the problems. If you try to review the statistics on death, suicide is fast catching up as a favorite method. And in our country, more and more suicides now are attracted to escape life by jumping on a fly-over (overpass road bridge) compared to jumping from high rise buildings.
Why is it that these grim realities are happening? I believe this is because Satan and his cohorts are successful in thwarting the ordinary and common prayers that people are used to pray. Further, people do not believe in the effectiveness of prayer now. In fact, I would venture to say that people are not really praying anymore; they are just reciting a litany of words. They are just chattering or babbling as Jesus said in Matthew 6:7. We have to change our way of praying, we have to pack it with the power of a bundle of dynamites so that like in our example of power play in basketball earlier we can fly high and dunk the ball in to the lap of our Lord, against all odds and Satan and cohorts, besides. This is Power Pray. If we execute it successfully we could even get a bonus (free throw).
We need Power Pray. In basketball game there are as many ways to execute power play, for example, there is the offensive power play, inside power play, follow-up power play, low-post power play, ally hoop power play, defensive (rebound) power play, and many more. Likewise, there are as many ways to Power Pray as there are many situations or occasions in life. Many as they are, there are 12 ways that are basic and generic; the others are either combinations or variations of the twelve.
These 12 ways to Power Pray are described in a separate article.
To God be the highest glory!
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Author: Apolo Jucaban
Filipino, male, married,2 children, two grandsons.Education: A.B. English,in Literature; B.S. Geology; Master in Environmental Planning all taken from the University of the Phillipines post-graduate in Groundwater Development, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
Profession: More than 15 years in the government as project manager/director; about 25 years in as consultant,local & foreign assignments. Have various unpublished & published papers, technical reports, seminar papers.
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