I don’t believe most of us can comprehend what the Spirit of God has given us. Oh, sure, we love the person of our Lord Jesus and are drawn to Him and deeply admire the work He has done in our lives. But do we really know the Risen Lord? You know, the One who is standing as LORD and KING!
Yeah, yeah. I hear you, but most of us who try to honor Him, have become so enamored with “work” in our churches, and with our titles and supposed authority we have been given, that we have lost contact with our Risen Lord!
I’ll tell you what, stop what you are doing and ask yourself how much do you love Him? Jesus said, “If you really love Me, show it by doing what I tell you! (John 14:15). Even Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus that Jesus loved His church so much He gave Himself for it to exist! That’s interesting. Do we return the love He has for us? Do we immediately respond to His voice? When we are all alone during your times of prayer, “Oh Jesus, I do love you because you first loved me!”? IF so, it should bring you closer to Him! That’s right. As you are drawn closer to Him, your own desires and needs will diminish! However, when your prayers are fixed on your needs, your dreams your desires, you have wasted your time praying!
I don’t remember where, but I heard a story about a famous Bible teacher, Dr. H.A. Ironside. The story explains that he would occasionally visit an older man who grew up in Northern Ireland and because of his health, moved to California. Anyway, the story explains that while Ironside sat with him, the man would open the Scriptures in such an enlightened way, that Ironside had to ask him, ‘Where did you learn that?’
‘Well,’ he replied, ‘I didn’t get it by going to seminary because I never went to seminary. I never learned it by going to college. No one particularly taught me. Rather I learned these things on my knees on the mud floor of a little sod cottage in the north of Ireland. There with my open Bible before me, I used to kneel for hours at a time and ask the Spirit of God to reveal Christ to my soul and open the Word to my heart. He taught me more on my knees on that mud floor than I could have learned in all the seminaries and colleges of the world.’”
That, my friends, should teach us something about our prayer times! I have told you many times about the eighth chapter of Hebrews (from The Message):
“Heads up! The days are coming
when . . . I’ll throw out the old plan.
[It won’t be] written on paper,
[it won’t be] chiseled in stone;
This time I’m writing out the plan in them,
carving it on the lining of their hearts.
I’ll be their God,
they’ll be my people.
[But then . . .]
They won’t go to school to learn about me,
or buy a book called ‘God in Five Easy Lessons.’
They will all get to know me firsthand,
the little and the big, the small and the great.
They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven,
with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean.”
Yep! You won’t need the Seminaries and Bible Schools. Why? Because they don’t give you any special anointing or power. They never provide a special calling or give you a special “unction” to teach or pastor or anything else! The teaching and training for ministry only come from the Holy Spirit. He was sent to be our teacher — to lead us into all the truth!
As you spend time in prayer, the Holy Spirit will teach and open the Scriptures to you. However, if you are going to spend more time in front of your TV, you will certainly become knowledgeable of what elixirs are available to you and who won the recent awards, but nothing of our Father’s Kingdom and utilizing His anointing and power in your life
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