Devotions for the Praying Heart
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Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Proverbs 20:5

I love prayer conferences. Ever since we started having them at our church years ago, I’ve found that when pray-ers get together, we have the most extraordinary times. We always go to wonderful places in the spirit.

One time I asked the Lord about it. I said, “Why is it that in those services, we can go so much higher than in others?”

In answer to that question, He began speaking to me about the importance of drawing on the anointing of God. He reminded me of Proverbs 20:5 and revealed to me that just as counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water that must be drawn out, the anointing of God flows forth in greatest abundance when His people are drawing on it. Because pray-ers generally understand how to draw on the Spirit of God, amazing things come forth when they get together.

Sadly enough, however, sometimes even as praying people, we forget to draw. Sometimes we come to church very casually and just sit there, waiting to see what the minister does. As a result, we miss out on God’s highest. We miss out on His best and end up receiving just a small portion of what He wanted to give us.

That’s not only disappointing to us but to the ministers as well. I know, because I’ve been on both sides of the situation.

Recently, for instance, I had some things in my heart I wanted to preach. I’d tried to speak them out but they just wouldn’t come out the way I wanted. It was as though there was a spiritual pitch on the inside of me and I just couldn’t reach that pitch.

But thank God, some praying people began drawing on what God had put within me. They prayed for me and somehow a well was opened in my spirit. After that, I was able to tell some things and talk out of my heart like I hadn’t before. Their prayers reached a new depth in me and new possibilities of God came out!

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 12:3

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

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