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The Purpose of the Desert Experience

The Purpose of the Desert Experience

“And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing” (Isaiah 35:1-2).

Have you ever been in the desert? I’ve been in many deserts, both physically and spiritually. My husband likes to minister to people who live in the desert where there are miles and miles of sand. There are huge sand dunes with nothing else that the eye can see. Miles and miles of sand everywhere.

We were given a desert rose from North Africa that was forged under heat and pressure in that vast desert area. Even in the driest of situation, toughest of places, there is life. I cherish that special rose made out of rock and sand. It is so beautiful and so meaningful to me.

Many of us feel like we are in a desert. We feel isolated because we can’t go anywhere or see anyone, and every day seems endless with the threat of the coronavirus. 

God brings us into the desert in our spiritual life, often not because we are doing something wrong, but because He wants more of us. He wants our undivided attention. He may even take us out of a busy and fruitful time, and this may seem so inconvenient and unnecessary to the carnal mind. But always know this: your Father knows exactly what He is doing.

During those personal times in the desert you may feel like everything has shut down for you. You may not sense favor where you once did. You may feel that your relationships are more distant and may even feel that God has abandoned you. But I want to say to you, “Do not fear. God is in the desert. He is developing you into a rose.”

What are you leaning on for your support? Is it ministry, popularity, or money? God wants you to lean solely on His strength for your stability. He will make you strong in days when everything else is shaking. He did not cause this virus, but He is using it for our good. He is always strategic and purposeful in all that He does. God has set you apart for Himself in this season for a purpose.

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This 6-minute video will help you to face this season of withdrawal with new hope. It’s called: The Purpose of the Desert Experience.

“I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness and speak comfortably to her, and she shall sing there” (Hosea 2:14).

By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)