Devotions for the Praying Heart
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[The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciples [as one who is taught].
Isaiah 50:4 Amp

Oh, how often we stumble along in life unsatisfied and uncertain because we are trying to perfect in the flesh that which we began in the spirit! How often our spiritual lives seem stale and powerless because instead of getting in the spirit and connecting with the Holy Ghost, we simply gravitate toward the things we’ve done in the past.

We pray the same prayers the same way. We make the same confessions. We keep on singing the same old song.

“But sister Lynne,” you might say, “don’t we need to study the same scriptures again and again? Don’t we need to keep making the same good confessions of faith?”

Yes, but we need to do it in fellowship with the Holy Spirit! We need to follow Him continually and let Him breathe fresh life into everything we do.

One person who truly understood that was my dear father in the faith, brother Kenneth E. Hagin. I remember once many years ago, I heard him talk about how as a 16-year-old boy, he believed the Word and made confessions of faith over a period of months and God raised him up from his deathbed. Afterward, I overheard several people ask him things like, “How many times did you make those confessions?” It seemed they wanted some standard prescription or formula they could follow to guarantee their results.

Brother Hagin didn’t give them one, of course, because he didn’t have one. He didn’t live by formulas, he lived by the leading of the Holy Spirit. When he made a confession of faith, he wasn’t just parroting scriptures. He was saying the specific words from the Bible that the Holy Spirit had quickened and spoken to him.

He was repeating with his mouth what he’d heard in his heart—and that makes all the difference.

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:14

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

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