Jimmy’s Table PodcastCuriously evangelical. Politically homeless. A dreamer of small things. On this podcast, I am having conversations about the intersection of faith, life, and culture.

Praying For A Breakthrough!

Altar Call

I’ve seen altars in churches stained from tears and snot.

Well, not literally. But you get the idea. I come from a Pentecostal church background. I’m not sure about your church, but in Pentecostal churches, it’s pretty common to have people come up to the front of the church at the end of service (or sometimes before!) to have people pray for all sorts of things that trouble their hearts and bodies.

There is something beautiful in that. We need to call on God, and we need to do such together. Sometimes praying alone is just not enough. We need others to help us “pray through” troubling moments in our lives.

I wish more churches would take the time to gather with folks and pray for whatever is weighing them down. Whatever “format” that takes doesn’t matter to me. But there should be room made for such things.

But with that said, I think there is something in these moments that is misleading to some. And even if you never experienced these “altar call” type moments in your church experience, you’ve probably suffered from the same pitfall just the same.

Magical Impartations From On High

Often we get to places in our lives where we are looking for something seemingly magical to happen to make our situation improve. And indeed, there are times where nothing less than a “special touch” from God will do.

But I feel such moments are few and far in-between in our faith journey. In truth, most of the time we don’t need some special “zap” to improve our predicaments. Heaven isn’t going to move with a mighty rushing wind to help us overcome our obstacles so that we can get a “breakthrough.”

Rather, the key to overcoming those situations and pressing onto what God has for us has nothing to do with some anointed hot-handed healing evangelist coming through town. Most of our problems are not going to be solved by some special revival or Holy Ghost fueled meeting. Nor do you need another Steven Furtick ra-ra-ra fist pumping type sermon to help get you through your day.

The truth is most of our problems can be resolved with the simple graces that God has already given us. If we would but receive that grace, and walk according to the word as a follower of Jesus, we would have the miracles in our lives that revivalist only dream of performing.

I’m Already Blessed

According to the apostle Paul, God has already, “blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) According to the apostle Peter, God’s “divine power has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3)

In other words, there isn’t a single blessing we lack that would prevent us from living the way God would have us to live. God has given us EVERYTHIING we already need through the resurrection of Christ from the dead and His ascension into heaven. Whatever blessings Christ enjoys in heaven have already been given to us to walk out here in this world.

So the next time some anointed man of God rolls through town, feel free to skip out on church if you need to work late or help your kids with their homework. You aren’t missing out on anything. Your victory isn’t going to come from sitting in their presence listening to them preach, or having them lay their hands on you at an altar.

Your victory is to be found in the day to day following of Jesus Christ as a disciple. You’ll overcome as you grow in your faith and flex your spiritual muscles. As you build character through regularly putting God’s word into practice and daily trusting Him, you’ll find strength for today, and the ability to overcome whatever area you might be struggling in.

Life long newlywed, armchair theologian, and dreamer of small things. I like taking pictures of my food. Opinions are my own.

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