Here is my monthly spiritual post from Minister Crystal Cochren of My Faith and Fitness. Be blessed!
“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
~ Matthew 17:21 (KJV)
Prayer is communication with God. Spending time in prayer is crucial. Prayer time is not the time for a long monologue with us giving God a list of things that we want or think that we need. Prayer time is the occasion for us to pray on behalf of others. Prayer time is for God to speak to us. It is a time where we can receive revelations and assignments. We cannot know exactly what God wants us to do in our lives and ministries if we do not make the time to learn what our assignments are. The more time that we spend in prayer, the clearer the assignments become. When God gives us an assignment, God also equips us and gives us the capacity, power and authority to complete the assignments successfully. Our aim should be not only to complete our assignments, but also to succeed in achieving God’s desired results. God will get the glory.
We can also receive godly power through prayer. We must pray for God’s power to work through us so that the people can be healed and become productive members of God’s community. Many of our sisters and brothers are dealing with brokenness. Broken hearts. Broken spirits. Broken lives. God wants to use us to heal the people. However, a lot of us cannot be used because we refuse to pray and spend time with God. We cannot be used because we cannot recognize God’s voice or direction. We cannot be used because we refuse to take instruction from the leaders that God has placed in our lives. To be clear, God has not placed everyone in our lives. Some of the people in our lives are placed there by the adversary. God can reveal those people to us so that we can discern how they are conspiring to harm us. A plan to harm us is definitely in effect, but we must be able to recognize their schemes to bring about our demise.
I encourage you to make the effort daily to spend more time in prayer with God. You are living below your potential by being distant from God. God has a lot to say to you. Be receptive to the messages and the assignments. Get clarity. Be blessed as you increase your focus on your spiritual and emotional health. Remain encouraged.