You completed 21 Days of fasting and prayer. I’m sure you feel great spiritually, physically and naturally. You are now two days away from the completion of consecration. Complacency tries to creep in. You start grasping for the high you felt on Sunday. I’m there with you.
This morning, I nearly ran to worship God at 4 AM because I desperately don’t want to lose what I gained during these past three weeks. In my fellowship and devotion, I asked the Lord “What Now”? I didn’t hear an answer. My thoughts turned to preparing my children for school. Yep, right in the middle of praying. It happens. I still had clothes to iron, breakfast to make and of course to wake them up. That’s when the reminder of “morning assignments” came back to me. See I thought for a moment that I had drifted off during my devotion. But I realized there is a lesson here.
My children ride the bus to and from school each day. I feed them breakfast at home. They often arrive at school well before their first period begins. Because they have no need to go to breakfast, they go on to class. The teacher always has prepared a morning assignment for the students who have arrived earlier than the school start time. They are accustomed to this preparation and therefore do not wait for the teacher to instruct them when they get to class. They look to the front of the classroom and there are instructions written on the board.
God is such a wonderful teacher. He is always preparing us. When I arrive at my prayer room in the morning, He is always ready for me even when sometimes I struggle to get my head together to hear from Him. I may have begun thinking about my tasks for the day but He was answering my question. Simply put. He was saying, “Do The Assignment.”
I am, without a doubt, confident that you cannot come away from time in the Lord’s presence without work to do.
In Pastor Jentezen’s Franklin’s book, The Fasting Edge, he writes of a vision God birthed in his heart called Life Speakers ministry. Pastor Jentezen shares of all the different events that took place after he stepped out with the vision. When I read it, it was like checking off all these great victories for God as a result of his following the vision. That is how it is and will be when you step out with what God commissioned you to do during this consecration.
I trust that God’s purpose for your fasting and prayer goes beyond your own borders and needs. You may have been praying for specific things and I believe you saw changes in those things as a result of your sacrifice. But don’t stop there. It is not over. There are some actions items on your check off list and you need to start on them TODAY.
Last night, when my husband and I gathered the children together to pray, the oldest responded, “I thought this was just during the fast?” It was impressed on us to increase our gathering for prayer time weekly. Before the fast, we prayed as a family, one night per week. We have now increased that to three nights. We will fellowship with our church family on Wednesday nights when possible(pending school assignments). The Lord inspired us to keep our family prayer practice going because of the development of our children during the consecration. Our 4-year-old has stopped playing during prayer and actually looking forward to his turn to pray. These are the wins your assignments will produce.
I believe God gave you some assignments as well.
I believe God gave your family some assignments.
He also gave you work to do that will influence and prosper those around you. God is community minded. He works in His people to advance HIS KINGDOM, not ours. Remember, great families inherit work.
Don’t make the teacher come over to your desk and remind you to get busy with your assignment. You know what you were asked to do. Your assignment is for you. No one else can do it for you. Look to the front and get busy.
Feel free to share with me your experiences during your consecration in the comments below. Share with me how I can be in prayer with you about the work you have been commissioned to do.
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