Are You Prepared for What You've Been Praying For?
During a recent corporate prayer meeting, I received a powerful message from the Lord. He said, "This is the season you have been praying for." I was initially overjoyed because I have been praying for some very specific things over the past several seasons, and I knew this was the Lord confirming that the answers to those prayers are coming.
As I continued to pray into this word, I heard the Lord ask me this question: "Are you prepared for what you've been praying for?" I wanted to initially answer with an enthusiastic "yes"! But God wasn't asking the question because He didn't know the answer. Over the next several days, I continued to pray and seek the Lord about this word, and I knew that it was not just for me, my family and our ministry; this word was for many in the Body of Christ in this season. This is your season of advancement, but are you prepared for it?
A Foundational Year
I believe God is looking for those who can steward and handle the anticipated blessings they have been praying for in their personal lives, churches, ministries, and businesses. In this season, preparation is key. God is a good and wise Father, and He longs to answer our prayers, but He will never entrust us with anything until He knows we have the capacity, structure, and the right people around us to manage the overflow He wants to release in every aspect of our lives.
At the end of 2023, the Lord gave me a prophetic word for 2024. It was about how the upcoming year would be foundational for many people. I believe God is establishing critical infrastructure in many Believers' lives in 2024 so that they can build upon it in the years to come. The responsibility to properly steward what we believe for in our prayers is crucial. To avoid the pitfall of being ill-equipped, despite answered prayers, will require us to be prepared for what we have prayed for. (Photo via Unsplash)
Ask, Believe, Receive
When God releases abundance into our lives, we need to safeguard ourselves from arrogance by becoming those who are truly humble. This is one reason for practicing the spiritual discipline of fasting and prayer, because it keeps our hearts and minds clear of the fog of the natural and allows us to be firmly rooted in who we are in God.
I was reminded of several Scriptures when I received this word from the Lord. The first one was Mark 11:24. It says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." I love how simple this Scripture is – ask, believe, receive. What tangible steps would you take if you really believed you would receive what you have been praying for? The truth is many times we think we are waiting on God, when really He is waiting for us to step out in faith. This is your season to put faith into action. This is your season to advance!
Fill Your Heart and Mind with God's Word
The other Scripture I was reminded of was John 15:7, which says, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." When we abide in God's words, whether that be His written Word or the prophetic words He has spoken over our lives, our desires will become His desires. Then when we pray, we will pray with pure hearts and great faith, and then see those prayers answered. The best thing you could do in this season of preparation would be to fill your heart and mind with God's Word.
In this season, belief is a vital component that will help you to move beyond prayer to taking tangible steps in faith. This is your season of advancement; don't let it pass you by! As we pray for breakthroughs and abundance, let's align our beliefs with tangible steps that will prepare us to steward well what is about to unfold.
This is your season of advancement – get ready for it!
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Joe Joe Dawson
Joe Joe Dawson Ministries
Joe Joe Dawson¬†is the founder and Apostle of ROAR Apostolic Network and ROAR Church Texarkana. Joe Joe is married to the love of his life, Autumn Dawson and they have three children Malachi, Judah and Ezra. The Dawson's live and teach a lifestyle of revival and awakening. Their desire is to see every Believer fulfill their God-given destiny and live life to the fullest in God. Joe Joe is also the author of Living Your God-Sized Dream and Recipe for Revival.
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