" And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?" (Mark 5:30)
In this morning, I want to call your attention to one question---Are you getting charged up in prayer? God's word has given us the power and authority to thread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy! That is, in itself, exciting, but did you know that you can get drained of that power? If we look at Jesus, who is our example, he took time to pray on a consistent basis, sometimes all night. We, sometimes, can't even pray for ten minutes without letting our minds wander or falling asleep and then we wonder---Where are you, God, when I need you? In this day, God is saying---Are you being charged up?
Mark 5:30 says that power(Virtue) went out from Jesus when the woman touched the hem of his garment. When we pray for others and ourselves, the power of God comes out to meet that need. That is why when you pray, you get tired physically, why? Because the power has left you and you need to be recharged.
Many minsters, who were once endued with power, have fallen to sin and shame before the world. Why is this? First, with power comes great responsibility. When God raises you up with his power and unction, you are going to draw a crowd.
Then, comes the demands of speaking engagements and holding services for hours on end. If you are not careful, the faith from the crowd will drain you. You will start coming home to bed, see the TV and fall asleep. The next day, you get up late and you can't pray because you have a speaking engagement and you are running behind. Soon, you forget to pray for 1, 2 or 3 days and become weak. Then, the serpent tries to come in and destroy you, your family and ministry.
It is important to understand how God's power operates. It amazes, angers and frustrates me that there are Christians who focus more on the negative than on the positive. They quote the Hebrews boys who went thru the fire, Paul's thorn or Job. Friends, they are not my example neither should they be yours. Our example is Jesus and he had a good track record on prayer being answered! Let's eliminate the What ifs and focus on we can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Start edifying yourself by praying in the Holy Ghost. That is where the true source of power is. In this day, decide to not be drained, but filled with the Holy Ghost and power!
Scriptures--Luke 10:19, Luke 6:12, I Cor 14, Jude 20