Each year, I ask the Lord for a specific word to focus on for the coming year! I search the scriptures for that word and ask the Lord to teach me. It’s been quite a journey. I have learned much.
Mid-November I was having a conversation with my team. I don’t remember the context but I remember what I said, “You have to know your purpose!” Immediately, I felt a strong impression, this is your word for 2018. Purpose! I thought YAY! Check that off my list!
I was weary, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I couldn’t get a clear thought or confirmation – I was just exhausted. I would wake up, with my hands on the computer keys, sitting in my comfy chair. On a particularly hard day, I was crying and wrestling with the Lord and without being too mystical, I just believe that the Lord said, “You have two words this year, Prosper and Purpose.” I then heard, “Ask Me to prosper you in your purpose!”
To be honest, I have never prayed that the Lord would prosper me! I have prayed in desperation, “HELP ME, pay this bill!” “HELP ME, with this ministry budget!” “HELP ME!” But never, “Prosper me Lord, so that I might live out my purpose!”
So, I have begun to pray this. No lightening bolts! No miraculous happenings! But a keen awareness of His provision in my life. Praying something like:
- Prosper me Lord, spiritually. Spiritually teach me and help me discern and glean wisdom found in Your Word. Speak to me through the scriptures and entrust me with Your knowledge as I teach other women and speak of your goodness and your gospel while fulfilling my purpose.
- Prosper me Lord, physically. Physically prosper me in the areas of health and finances. Make me aware of the ways you desire to physically prosper me so that I might fulfill the purpose you have called me. Provide financially for the ministry you have entrusted to me and for my family as we serve you. Miraculously show up in ways that we must testify of Your provision.
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