“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit…” ~ Luke 4:14a
It is said that Jesus went from place of prayer to place of prayer with miracles in between. Prayer is what prepared Jesus to walk in the power of the Spirit and it is what will prepare us to walk in the power of the Spirit too … seeing miracles in between.
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When John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the River Jordan, Luke 3:22 says, “the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus…” Then, when Jesus returned from the Jordan, Luke 4:1 says “Jesus was filled with the Spirit.”
After this event, the SPIRIT led Jesus into the wilderness where He was tempted by the devil for forty days, (verse 2.) Notice it was the Spirit of God that led Jesus into the wilderness, where He ate no food. He fasted and prayed for 40 days.
This was Jesus’ time of preparation. He could not forsake it; it was required of Him to prepare Him for what was to come.
This same preparation is also required of believers. It is not to be feared and it cannot be forsaken.
Preparation is simply a period of time taken to make someone ready for use. Part of the word preparation is “pare,” which means;
• to take out what is not necessary
• to trim off the outside, excess or irregular parts
• to diminish
This brings to mind what John the Baptist said to his followers regarding Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Don’t you know Jesus was saying the same thing to the Father while He was in the wilderness? I must decrease so that You, Father, can increase in Me.
The word “prepared” means to;
• put in a proper state of mind
• work out the details
• plan in advance
The word “compound” is a synonym of the word “prepared,” which means; to combine several parts to make a whole. This is a time when He was made one with the Spirit of God.
We don’t know everything that happened to Jesus in the wilderness, but we know the devil followed Him there and tempted Him. These events tried Him and made Him ready for the Master’s use.
The word “tried” means: to be found good, faithful, and trustworthy through experience and testing.
While you keep all these facts in your mind, let’s look at the result of Jesus’ time of preparation in the wilderness.
Luke 4:14 says, “When Jesus returned from the wilderness, He returned in the Power of the Spirit.” He was now ready to do what prayer had prepared Him to do; miracles, signs, and wonders.
Look at the progression of the Spirit developing Jesus’ life. First, the Spirit was upon Him, then the Spirit filled Him, and after a set apart time of preparation He came out in the Power of the Spirit.
I always hear people say, “I want to see the hand of God move.” I have an answer for them: If you want to see the hand of God move, pray. And if you want to move the hand of God through prayer, prepare yourself and enter in, so that you can be prepared when you come out.
This is what prayer is, a set apart time in the presence of the Lord. It is what praying with the Spirit is. And it is what walking in POWER of the Spirit will come from. Preparation of heart, mind, body, spirit. All must come into alignment with God’s Word in order to be used in great power to bring salvation, healing, and restoration to those around you.
Do not forsake these times of preparation, whether it’s forty days or four, forty hours or four, forty minutes or four. Prepare yourself by setting your heart on things above, and empty yourself of you, so that God can fill you with Him.
Then you will walk in the Power of the Spirit, going from place of prayer to place of prayer, with miracles in between. What is a miracle anyway, but answered prayer?
Pray this: Lord I surrender to Your times of preparation. Mold me shape me bend me break me wherever I need to be transformed and conformed to You, Your Word, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name Amen.