Prayerfully Transitioning the New Season
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”(Isaiah 43:19; ESV) It is God who changes the times and seasons. Seasons are part of the circles of life. We require wisdom from God and knowledge of His word to transit the various seasons.
Transitions are times of change
At the end of every quarter and year ending, it is necessary to engage in intense spiritual exercises in order to transit each season appropriately.
Such spiritual exercises should include: Fasting, Prayers and Meditation on God’s Word.
- Fasting is necessary so that your spiritual interactions can increase. And it involves the giving up of certain luxuries such as food, drinks, TV and unnecessary social activities. So that you can spend more time in prayer, Bible Study and meditation God’s Word. Fasting helps to increase our spiritual sensitivity.
In Isaiah 58, God gives guidelines of the fast that He approves. It follows therefore, that Fasting should be the lifestyle of Christians. We should daily be involved in doing good deeds to others as fasting off food, drinks and luxuries.
- Prayer is the daily business of all God’s children. It is the acceptable means of communication between our spirit and God who is Spirit.
All prayers are to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Although Christ assures that He “…will do whatever you ask in my name”. (John 14:14), some prayers go unanswered.
However, we cannot blame God for unanswered prayers. God is fully committed to bring to pass all His promises. His faithfulness cannot be disputed.
Daniel embarked on a fast in the season of transition. He prayed and persisted in prayers until he received answers. But he experienced some delays even though God had responded swiftly to his prayers. The adversary has intercepted it. (Daniel 10:13)
Hindrances to Prayers:
- You must realize that there is an adversary who interferes with prayers (1Peter 5:7, 8), and quit blaming God.
- The devil seeks to frustrate our prayers by intercepting answers. Like Daniel, we should ‘Pray Until Something Happens’ (P.U.S.H)
- In order to overcome the adversary, we must be watchful, remain steadfast in faith and in prayers.
Inability to recognize the answers to prayers:
- It is very important to recognize the times and seasons that we are in. The Promised Messiah came but rather unfortunately, the Israelites missed out. They were expecting a military leader and not a humble Fisherman. That myopic spiritual outlook hindered them from recognizing the answer
- to their prayers.
- We must therefore understand the times and seasons that we are in, for it is God who changes the times and seasons.
- Do not fixate on how it must happen.
When Christ wept over Jerusalem he said: ‘If only you know the way that makes for your peace’. In the promise of the Messiah, God’s timetable involved a Savior to deliver humanity from satan, sin, sickness, suffering etc., through repentance. But the Israelites were expecting military intervention that would rescue them from Roman oppression. And thus they missed out on the answer to their prayer.
Fixation on our peculiar expectations hinders prayer. Instead, we should be flexible and receptive of new revelations.
- Learn how not to focus energy on what is not profitable and then miss out on answered prayers.
- When you consistently see ‘what makes for the peace of God’ in every situation, losses, pains, disappointments and regrets will be minimal.
I’ll Timed Expression of Anger
The story of Michal in 2nd Samuel 6:14-16, 21; illustrates the down side of I’ll timed or I’ll advised expressions of anger. Michal was the love of David’s life. She was a good woman and an excellent wife. She was an extraordinary woman. Very dignified, for she was the daughter of Saul the king. But she had no child.
But alas, she did not recognize the time of her visitation.
After King David was done worshipping God in a street dance, he went with the power of the Spirit to bless his dear wife. But instead of being receptive, she vented her anger and frustration at him. She did not recognize the time of her visitation. She allowed anger to rub her of the opportunity to be blessed. And she died childless.
We should be sensitive to the moves of God’s Spirit and never allow shortcomings in our personalities to short-circuit God’s power flow to us. Michal’s story is very sad, but most of us have lost out on many opportunities to be blessed, just like her.
From the points raised on how prayers can be hindered, we should therefore never resort to blaming God when our answers to our prayers are seemingly not forthcoming.
Instead, we should pray more like Daniel did until GOD revisits our case.
Importunity is very necessary in prayers
Importunity means to ask shamelessly. The story of the woman illustrated in Luke 11, teaches the fine points of importunity which are Ask, Seek, Knock
In concluding this section on prayer, I say to you;
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.…” Luke 11:9
- Meditation on God’s Word
This happens to be the last on the list of ‘spiritual exercises’ we should understand and utilize as we are transitioning into our new season of change.
Meditation is one of the spiritual exercises you should do daily in order to live a life of dominion and glory. And it is very vital to both your spiritual and physical wellbeing.
In Joshua 1:8, the Bible says:
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success” (WEB)
From the verse of scripture above, “meditation” is translated from the Hebrew “hagar” which means to “imagine; mutter”, and to “roar”.
This points us to 3 Levels of Meditation which are as follows:
- Visualize (See)
You have to visualize God’s Word as you study it. This means that you have to ponder or think quietly on God’s Word in pictures. As these pictures are imprinted in your mind, the Word will be driven into your spirit and will stay rooted there.
- Mutter (Speak)
To mutter is to speak God’s Word under your breath, to yourself, repeatedly. The more you repeat scriptures, the more personal God’s Word becomes to you.
It will transcend the faculties of your soul (which are your will, intellect and emotion) and reside in the faculties of your spirit (which are- conscience, communion and intuition), making God’s Word his message to you personally.
- Roar (Shout)
In the book of Isaiah, the Bible states:
“For thus has the LORD spoken unto me, Like the lion and the young lion roaring over his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor disturbed by the noise of them” (Isaiah 31:4)
In the above scripture verse, the word translated ‘roaring’ is the same Hebrew word “hagar”.
When we “roar” in meditation, we drown out all the other thoughts in our consciousness: Including those enticing words of human wisdom that the devil assails our minds with. Thus, ‘roaring’ in meditation superimposes God’s Word over our thoughts.
People may consider you insane when you begin to shout God’s Word to yourself like that!
That notwithstanding, continue to meditate by “roaring”! “…for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success” (Joshua 1:8; WEB)
Power and Benefits of Meditation:
Meditation takes God’s Word from our intellect and engrafts it into our spirit.
Intellect/Mind is the seat of learning, the instrument of our thoughts. It is that aspect of the soul that allows for rational thinking.
In it lies the seat of acquired knowledge, human wisdom and reasoning also.
When God’s Word is in our minds, we are still able to rationalize it: but when it gets into the spirit, it becomes real and personal, an aspect of our being.
Even though the Word you have read may not have any scientific explanation, there is a knowing in the inside of you that it is reality. And nothing can take that ‘knowing’ from you.
In the Word of God, there is ‘rhema’ (which is the ‘spoken’ and ‘personalized’, Word) and ‘logos’ (which is the ‘written’ and ‘general’ Word)
Rhema is the spoken Word of God. It is the “now” Word of God for your situation and it comes often when meditating on the written Word, which is “Logos”. It won’t matter whether the ‘logos’ is about Zephaniah, Israel, or some Bible history or character. It comes alive for you. It becomes your personal word from God!
“Rhema” makes the Bible come alive for you. By ‘rhema’ we insight, clarity, direction and sure promises from God’s Word on issues we are praying about. It brings God’s Word home to your reality.
Although Logos has the ability to produce results in you as well deliver an inheritance to you, but, you cannot your inheritance by it.
Whereas rhema would create the necessary changes in you so you can enjoy the inheritance. With rhema, there is no condition in your life or body that cannot be changed.
A ‘rhema’ from God’s Word changes everything for you!
And lastly, by Meditating on God’s Word, we would metamorphose into the living word of God. As we meditate consistently on God’s Word, we will begin to think, talk, and act like God. Your whole life will become a reflection of the Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”(John 1:1)
ELEMENTS OF TRANSITION
As we engage in the aforementioned spiritual exercises to facilitate the transition to a new season, we should also be cognizant of the following:
God’s greatest challenge with humanity is resistance to change
Understand that although God is unchanging, it is Him who changes the times and seasons. The Bible says: “He takes away the first in order to establish the second” (Hebrew 10:9).
Flow with God’s moves. Be yielded. Respect the process.
God’s Word says in 1 Peter 5:10 that “…after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.” (BSB)
Do not be allergic to change.
God is longsuffering. He puts up with certain things, waiting for repentance and renewal. He won’t pour new wine in an old wineskin.
Review your past and present in order to discover a trend. Then repent and renew your mind. You have to re-engineer yourself.
A changed mindset facilitates transition.
The lack of repentance can delay transition.
Daniel’s prayer of Identification-Repentance facilitated the expected change.
He identified the sins that provoked the exile, and repented of them, for and on behalf of his people. (Study Daniel chapter 9)
Be dissatisfied with the status quo. The glory of the latter house always exceeds the former. Desire the change. Put to use the power of a strong desire.
You cannot give up on your destiny.
Your tomorrow must be better than your yesterday
Know that God can cut short the days of affliction for you. Anything is possible when you believe.
- Bear appropriate Fruits for each season”
The Bible says: “…delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season (Psalm 1:2, 3).
Meditating on God’s Word plays very important roles in enabling us bear the appropriate fruit each season.
Be sensitive in the Spirit to know the direction God wants you to go.
Paul the Apostle was prevented by the Holy Spirit at a particular time from preaching in a region of Asia. Am sure he felt bad about it. But that night he had a vision: “A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” (Read about it in Acts 16) He perceived in the spirit that God was leading him to that region, and he obeyed.
Know the will of God for your new season.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land.
- Sever attachments to the Past
Bible says: “The righteous keep moving forward and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger”. (Job 17:9)
Emotionally disconnect from the past- the hurts, accusations, deceits, abuses, etc. Resist the pull towards anger, bitterness and all other self-defeating internal monologues.
Be committed to the future.
Remember Lot’s wife.
She died while looking back to a bad past.
- Be Mentored by God’s Word
People fail when they do not listen to Godly counsel from God’s anointed servants.
But be wary of Mentors who do not connect their words to an experience in their life which testifies to the ‘Word” they are sharing with you.
Run with your own inspiration.
Refuse to allow a jealous and misinformed mentor ‘make you subject against the will in expectation’.
Change is to be desired and not resisted.
Prayerfully facilitate the transition to a new season.
When revelation occurs, walk in that revelation. Have it imprinted in your heart. Affirm and proclaim it repeatedly.
The new thing God is doing in your life ‘will spring forth’ if you are not allergic to change.
Review the past in order to identify, repent and realign to God’s will.
Remember Lot’s wife.
Disconnect from the past. Stay focused of the future.
Anyone who puts his/her hands of the plow and looks back is not fir for the future.
The following chapters shall focus on Prayers and Scriptures that will facilitate the transition to our new season.
Stay prayed up.