I recently had the opportunity to pray with and be encouraged by my spiritual father, friend, and mentor Peter Crescenti. During this special moving moment, we were able to share with each other our promises from God in prayer and our greater hope in God and his mighty power. During that prayer time I heard one prophetic word that resounded deeply in that moment, not only for Pete, but for myself as well, when I ruminated on it later. When we feel tired, when we feel burdened, and when we feel that the battle has been long, God reminds us that he has blessed us with spiritual fathers, spiritual brothers, spiritual sisters, and spiritual sons/daughters, as well as amazing leaders to embolden our faith. Sometimes it’s not so much a matter of losing faith or having doubt. On occasion, it’s more of how you’ve endured the battle and how fatigued we’ve become in the physical, spiritual, emotional, and even psychological fight.
But God, in that one swooping, unexpected moment, brings a bolt of his power through prayer that reignites the hope to a new level; it launches faith to a new level, it elevates love for him to a new level, and produces boldness to a new level. You are left with the signature feeling that God was just in that prayer, a reassurance in your heart evidenced by how it leapt while you pronounced Holy Spirit-inspired prophetic words, utterances, and verses to the delight of our God-born spirit and our human understanding.