Devotions for the Praying Heart
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He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward ….
Matthew 10:41

Great preaching isn’t the only thing we can draw out of ministers. All kinds of manifestations of God’s power can flow through them if we’ll just release our faith for them.

In Matthew chapter 10, for example, Jesus told His disciples that when they went into a house and it was worthy, “Let your peace come upon it” (verse 13). In other words, it was possible for the peace of God to literally emanate out from the disciples and be received by the people in that household.

If that was true for them, how much more so for us who are born again and baptized in the Holy Spirit?

I had an experience years ago that proved this principle to be true. I was called by a businessman to come minister to a friend of his who was in a mental hospital. This friend had tried to kill himself while he was in that hospital by tying the bed sheets together and trying to hang himself. He was so tormented that he would thrash in the bed and flail his arms day after day unable to rest or sleep.

When I walked into that mental ward, the oppression was so great I felt like I was in a vise. But as I stepped into the room where this man was, something happened. His sister was sitting beside him in a rocking chair and she locked into the anointing of God in me. I could feel her drawing.

I didn’t say a word. I didn’t lay hands on that man. I just stood right there in that room with my arms folded as the power of God began to flow from my spirit. Within minutes the man was in total and complete peace. He had not slept in days, yet instantly, he fell asleep and slept and slept.

Dear, precious pray-er, there are so many things we could receive from God, so much of His power we could unleash if we would just by the Spirit begin to draw from the ministry gifts God has given us. But for us to do that, we must develop a further reverence for those gifts. There must be a greater respect for divine things. The Lord wants to reveal to us great hidden treasures, but if we don’t esteem them, those treasures will stay hidden away.

So we must move into a greater reverence. We must pray more for our ministers. We are standing on the verge of some great and wonderful things, and we must lock our arms and our hearts together to bring forth the fullness of Him who is Christ in us, the hope of glory!

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:25

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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