All of us want a deeper relationship with God. We know the fruits of the relationship are peace, joy, thanksgiving, power, healing, renewal and restoration. When your devotional time with the Lord is done in earnest, He brings you closer to His heart. There are real biblical applications to having meaningful and powerful devotionals that lead to restoration and breakthrough:
- Repentance and revered fear of the Lord
- Petition and praying in the Spirit
- Decreeing God’s promises over your life
- Aligning with His will
- Activating your faith
It is essential to come to your devotional and quiet time with the Lord with the mindset that it is an intimate meeting. We have all had those moments of praying in passing, and those are certainly heard:
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”—Psalm 139:1-4
But for those who want a more in-depth relationship and breakthroughs, we must enter into His presence and turn our ear to the Holy Spirit and be ready to step out in faith.
Repentance and reverence for God— What is your relationship like with God? Are you holding on to any bitterness, doubt, or fear? The Lord wants to hear from you; He wants you to cast your cares on Him so that He alone can lift you up. Sitting down with Him at a daily appointed time and asking Him to reveal the blocks that keep you from experiencing breakthroughs and blessings is where restoration begins.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”—1 John 1:9
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”—Psalm 50:15
Reverence is an understanding of God’s power, not a spirit of fear. Understanding His power humbles us. Making us fully aware that we are nothing apart from Him. When you enter into your quiet time with a humble heart, God promises to exalt you.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:6-7
Petition and praying in the Spirit— After coming to the throne of grace with a humble and contrite heart that honors the Lord, it opens the door for powerful intercessory prayer. Being aware of the spiritual battle that surrounds our daily life, we know that the enemy will do all he can to stop us from praying. When he can’t stop us from praying he will attempt to distract us during our intimate time with the Lord in hopes that our prayers are lackluster and full of doubt.
For this reason, we must pray according to the Spirit’s leading. That is to pray with humble fervency, confessing any thoughts or actions that hinder God’s divine plan for you.
“What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.”—1 Corinthians 14:15
“…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…”—Ephesians 6:18
When we pray not only with our mind, will, and emotions, but invite the Spirit into the devotional time, restoration begins.
Decreeing God’s promises over your life— Following the humble heart and fervent prayer, you are ready to take up the sword of the Spirit, that is the Word of God. Praying God’s promises over your life, your circumstances, and your struggles, put them out in the atmosphere. The heavenly realm is where spiritual battles are fought.
God’s Word is the sword you need to fight with to break the foothold of the devil. The enemy knows the power of God’s truth, and when we proclaim and decree it, Satan must flee. This constant declaration brings you deeper inside God’s protective covering and further away from Satan’s lies. That’s living in the peace of God!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”—Jeremiah 29:11
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”—2 Timothy 1:7
Aligning with God’s will— God is a God of process. It not always immediately apparent what God’s divine plan is for our life. However, through these intimate devotional times, and applying what His word says, the Spirit will lead us to our purpose. No matter where we are, or the stage of life we are in, we all have a purpose for the Kingdom of God. Holding fast to this truth and pressing onward, brings us into His perfect alignment.
Keeping our eyes on Yeshua, drawing near to Him, brings us into agreement with the Lord. God does not tell us to dwell on the negative storms in our lives… He calls us to:
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”—Colossians 3:1-2
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”—Philippians 4:8-9
Activate your faith— This is putting your faith into action. Many will pray powerful prayers of supplication and petition, for a change in their own heart or the orphan and widow, but the Lord wants you to come into agreement with Him, putting that agreement into action, choosing to be devoted to Him and His plans.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.”—Psalm 51:1-3
The book of James refers to God’s Word as a mirror. His word allows us to see our need in Him and His will for us. When we hear the Word and do nothing, what good is our prayer?
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”—James 1:22-25
God Blesses Devotion
Ask Him to reveal to you what He wants to do in you and through you. If there are parts of your life where you are struggling, ask Him how to be more devoted and intentional in those areas. Then jump in and take that leap of faith. He doesn’t like lukewarm desire… He wants fiery passion. And He promises to bless you.
When the Holy Spirit knocks and is ready to reap a harvest in your life, it is a time to choose. You will have gone through trials to mold your character for a time just as this. Trust Him, because He is going to do something mighty in you, moving you forward to do Kingdom work.
You will overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony. God has no partiality towards people. He will bless you, restore you, and never fail you.
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