PRAYER EXERCISE: SUPERNATURAL DISCERNMENT

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Act 16:18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

For the past three days, we have looked at the need to give ourselves to consistent and fervent prayer; and two important things it births in us and for us.

Today, we will talk about about a third called ‘SUPERNATURAL DISCERNMENT’.

Mark 16:17 says “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils….”

This was Jesus’ statement to the disciples concerning those who will believe. The question however is how do you discern the presence and activities of devils or demons in people? especially because nothing they do in the physical may arouse suspicion. They could eat, play, joke without a single trace of a demonic spirit.

Our opening text tells of Apostle Paul’s encounter with a lady who had a Spirit of divination- one in which she used to bring her masters much gain by soothsaying.

Act 16:17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

The shocking thing about the above texts is that what she claimed was actually true, what she said seemed right, however, its source was not of God. Apostle Paul discerned it  by the Spirit! Verse 16 had told us that Apostle Paul had gone to pray. It says”And it came to pass, as we went to prayer,…” Verse 18 was the aftermath of his prayer.

Act 16:18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

When we pray, we discern certain information we might have missed or we become more aware and sensitive to certain presence and activities.

Hallelujah! When we pray, our discernment is sharpened. Via discernment, the faculty of ready speech is quickened in us to rebuke things and spirits that are not of God.

Say This: My discernment is sharpened. I can see, I can hear, I can do, inspired by the Holy Ghost today and always.

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