The Standard Christian Epidemic

Another mistake many experienced Christians make is forgetting that the director is the Holy Spirit. In my life, I pray constantly for people that are close to me especially if I know they are struggling in life. However, I will also pray for friends and family that I know are not experiencing God’s best. As Christians we should keep one another in constant reminder, observing one another’s fruit, so that we can challenge one another to strive for God’s best. There was a time however that I was misled in praying for others. We all had moments in life where we got caught up in the emotion of what we were praying for. By this, I mean that I would disregard any other prayer and just focus on this one prayer. It came to the point where I would walk into prayer, praying for that one problem, and walk out still praying for that same problem. It came to a point where I began feeling like I was alone in prayer, the Holy Spirit absent. Throughout this time, I began to ask myself, ‘why isn’t the Holy Spirit telling me what to pray for anymore.’ As I asked myself this question and observed my life from the side, I began to see that I had completely ignored the Holy Spirit in my prayers. I had begun praying only for what I thought I should pray for. By doing this, I neglected the prayers that would be most effective.

When one takes God out of the picture, it doesn’t matter how sincere they are in prayer; God becomes absent to them. He never leaves us, but we can ignore Him, making His presence of no effect. We can also make the Word of God of no effect in our lives if we don’t abide by it (Mark 7:13). It dawned upon me that I was missing the point. I began to see that I needed to let go of all prayers and simply come back to Jesus. I began to realize that my burdens would go nowhere because the fight was not led by the Holy Spirit.

Yes, the Holy Spirit wants us to have victory in our fights, but if He is not there, we are powerless against any foe. This truth was affirmed to me by prophecy. A well-known prophet had visited our local church with his staff. As we were lined up to receive personal prayer and prophecy, I had no special request to bring up but just to receive prayer. To my surprise, as one of the staff was halfway through prophesying to me, out of the blue, she began to say, “You are praying for something, stop praying, this is not your burden. When you step over it, then I can move and My Spirit will touch it.” Along with other things that were said, God clearly spoke to me to stop praying in this manner. He was speaking specifically to the matter on hand. This will happen with any prayer in your life, when you keep going at it on your own, whether it be intercessory prayer or petitionary prayer. He led me to the realization that in any matter, He is the one doing the work and I must simply cooperate with Him to see the results.

In "Experiencing God", Henry Blackaby outlines seven realities of God; one of those realities is that God is the mastermind behind all things, so it is futile to do things without Him.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways.” Says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

You will never comprehend His omnipotence. Rather, you must be attentive to what He is doing in your life so that you can join Him and bring it into manifestation. I came to another wonderful conclusion through all this. God wants to change my situations. In the past, I would subconsciously accept my circumstances as “the way it is,” like most of us do. But God showed me that He wanted to raise me to new heights. In “No High Like the Most High,” Kent Mattox writes, “No matter how high you have already gone or how low you have fallen, He has a plan for you that is greater than anything you could have ever imagined.” But if we attempt to do it without the Holy Spirit, it will come to nothing. We must seek God and be patient; He will reveal His work. You can then move forward as you sense Him leading. This will bring a prosperous result, because you are joining God.

It is important to remember that God is always at work around you, but its manifestation depends on your cooperation. The phrase, God is always at work, means God’s word and power is readily available and His strategies are already set in place. You will read more about this principle in Chapter 4 Doing What the Father is Doing but having understood this, we must realize it is useless for us to pray if God is not leading us in it. Prayer is necessary in all aspects, but when you come to a certain stature in God, you begin to realize how much more He needs you to be directed by Him. After all, He is the Master. He has a way of doing things and more than that; His way is the only way that will bring a prosperous result.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

I cannot stress the importance of being led by the Holy Spirit in your prayers. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in who to pray for and what to pray for. Yes, you can pray for those on your mind and heart (many times it is already the Holy Spirit leading you), but let the Spirit be your ultimate guide. When you pray as the Holy Spirit leads you, you will have more confidence in your prayers. It is easier to trust God than yourself, when we take Him at His word. If He said, “My Word never returns void in the thing I send it for,” then we can trust His prayers will bring a prosperous result.

Your prayers will begin to unite heaven and earth. And if you can imagine that revelation for a moment, your life will be revolutionized. All God wants is for us to bring heaven to earth, making all things new, bringing Him all the glory (Matthew 6:10). Heaven is beauty in all its glory. Some people hold on to the earth, only because they haven’t glimpsed the reality of heaven. I promise you, as you draw near to God, all heaven will draw near to you! You will see heaven with your spirit. Just like you can see Jesus in your spirit, you can also see heaven. Hold fast to Him and He will manifest Himself to you.

And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. James 4:8

Another mistake many experienced Christians make is forgetting that the director is the Holy Spirit. In my life, I pray constantly for people that are close to me especially if I know they are struggling in life. However, I will also pray for friends and family that I know are not experiencing God’s best. As Christians we should keep one another in constant reminder, observing one another’s fruit, so that we can challenge one another to strive for God’s best.

There was a time however that I was misled in praying for others. We all had moments in life where we got caught up in the emotion of what we were praying for. By this, I mean that I would disregard any other prayer and just focus on this one prayer. It came to the point where I would walk into prayer, praying for that one problem, and walk out still praying for that same problem. It came to a point where I began feeling like I was alone in prayer, the Holy Spirit absent. Throughout this time, I began to ask myself, ‘why isn’t the Holy Spirit telling me what to pray for anymore.’ As I asked myself this question and observed my life from the side, I began to see that I had completely ignored the Holy Spirit in my prayers. I had begun praying only for what I thought I should pray for. By doing this, I neglected the prayers that would be most effective.

When one takes God out of the picture, it doesn’t matter how sincere they are in prayer; God becomes absent to them. He never leaves us, but we can ignore Him, making His presence of no effect. We can also make the Word of God of no effect in our lives if we don’t abide by it (Mark 7:13). It dawned upon me that I was missing the point. I began to see that I needed to let go of all prayers and simply come back to Jesus. I began to realize that my burdens would go nowhere because the fight was not led by the Holy Spirit.

Yes, the Holy Spirit wants us to have victory in our fights, but if He is not there, we are powerless against any foe. This truth was affirmed to me by prophecy. A well-known prophet had visited our local church with his staff. As we were lined up to receive personal prayer and prophecy, I had no special request to bring up but just to receive prayer. To my surprise, as one of the staff was halfway through prophesying to me, out of the blue, she began to say, “You are praying for something, stop praying, this is not your burden. When you step over it, then I can move and My Spirit will touch it.” Along with other things that were said, God clearly spoke to me to stop praying in this manner. He was speaking specifically to the matter on hand. This will happen with any prayer in your life, when you keep going at it on your own, whether it be intercessory prayer or petitionary prayer. He led me to the realization that in any matter, He is the one doing the work and I must simply cooperate with Him to see the results.

In "Experiencing God", Henry Blackaby outlines seven realities of God; one of those realities is that God is the mastermind behind all things, so it is futile to do things without Him.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways.” Says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

You will never comprehend His omnipotence. Rather, you must be attentive to what He is doing in your life so that you can join Him and bring it into manifestation. I came to another wonderful conclusion through all this. God wants to change my situations. In the past, I would subconsciously accept my circumstances as “the way it is,” like most of us do. But God showed me that He wanted to raise me to new heights. In “No High Like the Most High,” Kent Mattox writes, “No matter how high you have already gone or how low you have fallen, He has a plan for you that is greater than anything you could have ever imagined.” But if we attempt to do it without the Holy Spirit, it will come to nothing. We must seek God and be patient; He will reveal His work. You can then move forward as you sense Him leading. This will bring a prosperous result, because you are joining God.

It is important to remember that God is always at work around you, but its manifestation depends on your cooperation. The phrase, God is always at work, means God’s word and power is readily available and His strategies are already set in place. You will read more about this principle in Chapter 4 Doing What the Father is Doing but having understood this, we must realize it is useless for us to pray if God is not leading us in it. Prayer is necessary in all aspects, but when you come to a certain stature in God, you begin to realize how much more He needs you to be directed by Him. After all, He is the Master. He has a way of doing things and more than that; His way is the only way that will bring a prosperous result.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

I cannot stress the importance of being led by the Holy Spirit in your prayers. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in who to pray for and what to pray for. Yes, you can pray for those on your mind and heart (many times it is already the Holy Spirit leading you), but let the Spirit be your ultimate guide. When you pray as the Holy Spirit leads you, you will have more confidence in your prayers. It is easier to trust God than yourself, when we take Him at His word. If He said, “My Word never returns void in the thing I send it for,” then we can trust His prayers will bring a prosperous result.

Your prayers will begin to unite heaven and earth. And if you can imagine that revelation for a moment, your life will be revolutionized. All God wants is for us to bring heaven to earth, making all things new, bringing Him all the glory (Matthew 6:10). Heaven is beauty in all its glory. Some people hold on to the earth, only because they haven’t glimpsed the reality of heaven. I promise you, as you draw near to God, all heaven will draw near to you! You will see heaven with your spirit. Just like you can see Jesus in your spirit, you can also see heaven. Hold fast to Him and He will manifest Himself to you.

And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. James 4:8

Another mistake many experienced Christians make is forgetting that the director is the Holy Spirit. In my life, I pray constantly for people that are close to me especially if I know they are struggling in life. However, I will also pray for friends and family that I know are not experiencing God’s best. As Christians we should keep one another in constant reminder, observing one another’s fruit, so that we can challenge one another to strive for God’s best.

There was a time however that I was misled in praying for others. We all had moments in life where we got caught up in the emotion of what we were praying for. By this, I mean that I would disregard any other prayer and just focus on this one prayer. It came to the point where I would walk into prayer, praying for that one problem, and walk out still praying for that same problem. It came to a point where I began feeling like I was alone in prayer, the Holy Spirit absent. Throughout this time, I began to ask myself, ‘why isn’t the Holy Spirit telling me what to pray for anymore.’ As I asked myself this question and observed my life from the side, I began to see that I had completely ignored the Holy Spirit in my prayers. I had begun praying only for what I thought I should pray for. By doing this, I neglected the prayers that would be most effective.

When one takes God out of the picture, it doesn’t matter how sincere they are in prayer; God becomes absent to them. He never leaves us, but we can ignore Him, making His presence of no effect. We can also make the Word of God of no effect in our lives if we don’t abide by it (Mark 7:13). It dawned upon me that I was missing the point. I began to see that I needed to let go of all prayers and simply come back to Jesus. I began to realize that my burdens would go nowhere because the fight was not led by the Holy Spirit.

Yes, the Holy Spirit wants us to have victory in our fights, but if He is not there, we are powerless against any foe. This truth was affirmed to me by prophecy. A well-known prophet had visited our local church with his staff. As we were lined up to receive personal prayer and prophecy, I had no special request to bring up but just to receive prayer. To my surprise, as one of the staff was halfway through prophesying to me, out of the blue, she began to say, “You are praying for something, stop praying, this is not your burden. When you step over it, then I can move and My Spirit will touch it.” Along with other things that were said, God clearly spoke to me to stop praying in this manner. He was speaking specifically to the matter on hand. This will happen with any prayer in your life, when you keep going at it on your own, whether it be intercessory prayer or petitionary prayer. He led me to the realization that in any matter, He is the one doing the work and I must simply cooperate with Him to see the results.

In "Experiencing God", Henry Blackaby outlines seven realities of God; one of those realities is that God is the mastermind behind all things, so it is futile to do things without Him.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Nor are your ways My ways.” Says the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

You will never comprehend His omnipotence. Rather, you must be attentive to what He is doing in your life so that you can join Him and bring it into manifestation. I came to another wonderful conclusion through all this. God wants to change my situations. In the past, I would subconsciously accept my circumstances as “the way it is,” like most of us do. But God showed me that He wanted to raise me to new heights. In “No High Like the Most High,” Kent Mattox writes, “No matter how high you have already gone or how low you have fallen, He has a plan for you that is greater than anything you could have ever imagined.” But if we attempt to do it without the Holy Spirit, it will come to nothing. We must seek God and be patient; He will reveal His work. You can then move forward as you sense Him leading. This will bring a prosperous result, because you are joining God.

It is important to remember that God is always at work around you, but its manifestation depends on your cooperation. The phrase, God is always at work, means God’s word and power is readily available and His strategies are already set in place. You will read more about this principle in Chapter 4 Doing What the Father is Doing but having understood this, we must realize it is useless for us to pray if God is not leading us in it. Prayer is necessary in all aspects, but when you come to a certain stature in God, you begin to realize how much more He needs you to be directed by Him. After all, He is the Master. He has a way of doing things and more than that; His way is the only way that will bring a prosperous result.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

I cannot stress the importance of being led by the Holy Spirit in your prayers. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in who to pray for and what to pray for. Yes, you can pray for those on your mind and heart (many times it is already the Holy Spirit leading you), but let the Spirit be your ultimate guide. When you pray as the Holy Spirit leads you, you will have more confidence in your prayers. It is easier to trust God than yourself, when we take Him at His word. If He said, “My Word never returns void in the thing I send it for,” then we can trust His prayers will bring a prosperous result.

Your prayers will begin to unite heaven and earth. And if you can imagine that revelation for a moment, your life will be revolutionized. All God wants is for us to bring heaven to earth, making all things new, bringing Him all the glory (Matthew 6:10). Heaven is beauty in all its glory. Some people hold on to the earth, only because they haven’t glimpsed the reality of heaven. I promise you, as you draw near to God, all heaven will draw near to you! You will see heaven with your spirit. Just like you can see Jesus in your spirit, you can also see heaven. Hold fast to Him and He will manifest Himself to you.

And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. James 4:8

About the Author: David Vilkhovoy is a Property Manager and Youth Pastor Assistant. Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, he now oversees tenant relations. At The Next Generation Youth, David spends his time ministering to youth on practical Christian-living. In his free time, David enjoys playing ice hockey, studying theology, and implementing innovative and creative ideas in business and ministry.

Born in Vienna, Austria and son to Ukrainian immigrants who moved to America based on religious freedom. David currently lives in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. He is a strong advocate for today’s generation to rise up into their rightful place. His latest project is The Standard Christian Epidemic, released in February 2013. You can find him on the web at http://DaveVilk.com Twitter @TheSCE @DaveVilk