On June 17, 2016 during our church’s Teleconference Prayer Encounter, the Spirit of God dropped an interesting revelation (well at least, I thought it was interesting). He said we often come to our dedicated places and times of prayer, make our request, petition, question and etc., of God and then after we’re done we move on. When we move on, there are times we treat the prayer time as a perfunctory task, not giving any further thought to what transpired between us and God during that time. This is due to a lot of reasons. However, one of them is when God doesn’t respond to us within the context of that particular prayer time. But the revelation that the Spirit of God dropped was “to be prepared for when the conversation continues..”!
Prayer will become more of a rewarding relational reality when we prepare ourselves to maintain an attitude and disposition of expectancy to hear from God beyond our dedicated, specific places and times of prayer. God wants to talk, and at times He does, beyond our “prayer closets”. But we have to condition (and in some instances recondition) ourselves to build a “prayer house” and not just a “prayer closet”. Just like we live in every area of our houses and not just the closet, so it is with how we live with God. You and I don’t ‘live’ in our closets, we live in our houses. The conversation of life extends to the entirety of the house, not just the closet. So it is with prayer and conversing with God. Prepare your heart for the continuing of the conversation beyond your prayer closet. Expect God to speak to you in some of the other ‘rooms’, places and locations of the ‘house’ of your life. Build a house of prayer AND BE a house of prayer. The conversation continues…
Recently I had the chance to reconnect with a friend and we had lunch together. As we sat and talked I marveled at how much he had grown. Then God spoke to me right in the middle of our time together; “This is who he was all along – the environment was incapable of keeping pace with his capacity.” WOW!! So then I wondered, “why was he in that location in the first place? it would seem illogical to place someone in a space and place that is not going to benefit them…” Again, God answered; “I placed him there for a season, not a lifetime. That environment was for a particular time and PART, NOT ALL, of his growth.” WOW, AGAIN!!!
So I learned several lessons. FIRST, we really don’t know the constitution of the people we are around. David’s brothers only knew him as a shepherd – God knew him as a king.
SECOND, we are all on a journey. Therefore, we must be careful to not mistake a temporary stop for a final destination. The children of Israel were instructed to watch the direction of the cloud, not the designation of the camp. They had to be ready to move when God wanted them to move.
THIRD, learn the law of seasons. Don’t hold tightly that which God holds loosely; don’t hold loosely that which God holds tightly. Learn the season of a thing. Learn the season for that job; learn the season for that relationship (for instance, a marital relationship has a completely different season than a dating relationship); learn the season for that affiliation; learn the season for that task (some tasks must be completed within a certain season, a window of fulfillment). When you miss the season of the thing, it could cause many problems. It’s like dressing as if it’s the summer in the middle of the winter – you’ve missed the season and you will have serious consequences as a result.
FOURTH, put the environment you are in, in its proper perspective to the person you are within. Know the purpose of that environment for your life. When you stay too long in an environment that you are bigger than, it works against you. You stop growing; you stop learning. And in some instances, you can regress. When you don’t stay long enough in an environment that’s bigger than you, you miss the opportunities that have been given to you to be in that environment for the purpose(s) that God has determined to benefit you.
If I had to sum it all up, I would say it like this; Know who you are in relation to where you are and make adjustments accordingly.