Recharge

Ministry is draining and often times we can get caught up in the day to day tasks and administration that we neglect the recharging of our spirit.  Much like batteries, as we minister and pour ourselves out into the people that God has placed around us, we become drained.  As we become drained, we begin to minister more out of our natural knowledge and less out of God’s Supernatural power, or revelation.  This is a very dangerous place to be.  The good news is, even Jesus had this struggle throughout his ministry.  We see multiple times throughout scripture that it says, “Jesus escaped the crowds” or “Jesus then went away to pray”.  This greatly encourages me, knowing that something that I must constantly keep at the for front of mind was also something Jesus had to work for.

     So all this brings up the next question, how do we stay recharged?  We must first keep ourselves full of the Word of God.  God’s word is his spoken word into our lives.  These 66 love letters are his way of speaking to and encouraging us on a daily basis.  It does not matter how many times we have read the book, or how much we feel we have it memorized, we must continually allow it to speak into our lives.  God can reveal something different to you every time you read the same scriptures.  I often heard Pastor Kenneth E Hagin demonstrate this principle with one of his favorite scripture passages, Mark 11:22-25.  Every day at the start of his class, he would read this same passage of scripture and then share a different revelation the Lord had given to him throughout the years that had changed his life.  It was amazing to me the things that God had spoken to him through this single passage.  

     Prayer is another main way that we must use to keep ourselves recharged.  We must continually be in prayer.  In fact, Ephesians 6:18 says “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.”  Prayer is a crucial aspect of the recharging of our lives because this is when we get to intimately commune with God.  This gives us the opportunity to praise and thank him for the things that he has done in our lives.  We see this demonstrated multiple times through the Gospel when it says that Jesus prayed.  That in itself should be enough evidence to show us that we are to pray.  If the Son of God had to pray while he was ministering to people on this earth, how much more should we pray.

     A final way of recharging that I see demonstrated by Jesus is escaping life.  Most of the time when Jesus prayed, he escaped from life and went away to somewhere remote.  I believe this was so he could rest physically and recharge spiritually.  We also see this demonstrated by God as he took the 7th day of creation to rest.  This tells me that this is a vital part of staying recharged spiritually.