March 31, Friday

The AMI QT Devotionals for March 28-April 2 are provided by Doug Tritton. Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently serving as a staff at Symphony Church (Boston) while pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary.  He is married to Cindy and they are proud parents of Audrey.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“Earnestly Desire to Prophesy”

1 Corinthians 14:1-5

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Early in his prophetic career, Isaiah had a powerful encounter with God. He says this: “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew” (Isaiah 6:1-2). Basically, Isaiah saw what was going on in heaven.

Sometimes, we can forget that heaven is a place of much activity and think of God as a distant person, who set everything in motion and let it all play out. But no, heaven is a busy place and God is working and His angels are working. So, what does this have to do with today’s passage? Well, prophecy is basically seeing into the heavenly realm and seeing what God and His angels are doing or will do. The truth is, God is at work, even though we may not see this.

Often people will ask, isn’t prophecy about seeing the future? Well, sometimes – but biblical prophecy more often concerns things happening here and now. As have I said, prophecy is seeing into the heavenly realm. This is why Paul urged everyone to desire prophecy. When we prophesy, we essentially open up heaven for others to see. We open up God’s workings so that the whole church can be encouraged at what God is doing.

Today, let’s ask for the gift of prophecy. Though not all have this gift, Scripture tells us to earnestly desire prophecy. And with this gift, there is a special way we can bless the church – for its “up building, encouragement, and consolation.”

Prayer: Lord, Your word tells us to earnestly seek the gift of prophecy, so today we ask that we may prophesy. You are at work and You are inviting us to join You, so help us to see You, to know what You are doing. Give us spiritual eyes to see You. Use us to build up Your church. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 20


LUNCH BREAK STUDY

Read Luke 11:9-13: 3 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Questions to Consider

  1. What happens when we seek, ask, and knock?
  2. What can we learn about God from this passage?
  3. How can we receive more of the Holy Spirit in our lives?

Notes

  1. Verse 10 says, “For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” There is power in asking God, because as Scripture tells us, our God is a God who loves to give! James 1:5 says that God “gives generously to all without reproach.” Thinking about this morning’s passage, let’s ask for the gift of prophecy!
  2. Our God loves to give to us, His children. If even earthly fathers give good gifts to their children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give good gifts to us. And moreover, He gives the greatest gift – the Holy Spirit! Today, let’s ask for more of the Spirit in our lives!
  3. ASK! Perhaps we have been struggling in faith because we simply haven’t asked for more of the Spirit recently. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to “be filled with the Spirit”—and this filling comes through asking.

EVENING REFLECTION

Take time to ask God again for the gift of prophecy. As we studied at lunchtime, there is power in asking; so let’s bring our request to God, having faith that He is a good Father who loves to give generously to His children without reproach. And if not prophecy, let’s ask Him to show us the gifting He has given us.

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