Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord (Romans 12:11 AMP).
One of the striking benefits of prevailing prayer and meditating on the Word is that they help you maintain the fire of the Spirit. The only way I’ve kept my spirit aglow for so many years is through prevailing prayer, and consciously setting my mind to meditate on the Word. It doesn’t matter what you’ve studied or known about God; it doesn’t even matter what blessings you receive from the Lord; if you’re not a praying person, you’ll lose the spiritual fervour or glow that comes with the Word.
There’s something about the Word of God that has power. It’s not in the words and how they sound; it’s not even in the message itself that it communicates; no. It’s in the power of the Spirit that’s wrapped up in it. Recall what we read in our opening verse: The Moffat’s translation uses the phrase, “Maintain the glow,” for “fervent in Spirit.” There’s a glow of the Spirit in your life that you must maintain through fellowship with the Lord in prayer and meditation on the Word.
Something that meditation does for you is that it drives the Word deep into your spirit and causes it to mingle with your spirit. So, when you study the Word of God, meditate on it; that means, mutter it! When you read or hear the Word, as the case maybe, say it aloud to yourself repeatedly so that it gains the ascendancy in your spirit until it becomes a part of you. Then the glory of it will be manifested in your life.
Prayer, on the other hand, is equally very impactful on your spirit. The importance of prayer isn’t so much about the answer that you receive when you pray, but the impact your fellowship with the Lord in prayer has on your spirit; it causes your spirit to glow. Every time you pray, your spirit becomes even more glorious than it was before you began praying. That glory is retained in your inner man and then you find yourself walking in the paths of destiny; you find yourself being at the right place, at the right time, doing the right things.
Be aglow in the Spirit, through prayer and study of the Word!