Saturday, December 29, 2018

Gifts and Fruitfulness: Prayer

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Daniel 1:17 (NKJV)  As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 2:17-19 (NKJV)  Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to... his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision...

Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit? Ever prayed for a gift of the Spirit? Or ever had a word of prophecy about you proclaiming that you have a gift of the Spirit and yet you have never seen yourself walk in it? 1 Cor 12:7 tells us that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to profit all. This aim becomes defeated when a gift is not put to use.

In the text today we see that Daniel was endowed with a gift which we can identify as the discernment of spirits (1 Cor 12:10), however, when a time came for him to manifest his gift and deliver his friends and the wise men of Babylon, he gave himself to prayer. Daniel didn’t pray only when he needed to manifest his gift, he made prayer a culture (Daniel 6:10) and was therefore fruitful in the exercise of his gift and was relevant to God’s agenda for his generation.

As a dear minister of God once said, ‘prayer services power’. You see, when we pray we make the power of God in us available for use; when we pray, we give expression to the gift of God in us. With prayer we fan to flame the gift of God in us.

Go into today with a determination to give yourself to prayer.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

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