When In the Prison...
The hardest part of the "prison" season is being consistent enough to still be used by God. When we go through stuff we have a tendency to draw back and shut people down as if praying or providing wise counsel is hurting us. Imagine how more beneficial we are to the kingdom when God knows that whether we are in the pit or the palace, he can trust us to be his hands and feet beyond our current situation.
I thought about how Joseph must have felt being imprisoned under false accusations (Genesis 39). Most people get mad when funds are low or their boss is being rude, but Joseph even while in prison was still used by God. He trusted God and continued to use his gifts to be a blessing to others. I've often been able to recognize the true character of a person in my life based on how they respond to me when things aren't looking too great. I've noticed there are some who would always have their hand out to receive a prayer, wise counsel, or word of encouragement, but the minute I needed it... they were ghost! Some would say that means you need to cut them off, but our loving father presented a different perspective. God revealed that He allowed me to recognize the inconsistency of their behavior not to grow cold, but to understand that man will be man and He is the only one that I should depend on during my "prison" season. He said don't allow their actions to draw you away from my heart. Pray for those individuals and carry on. In this season, God is looking for focused, consistent followers who aren't moved by their emotions and circumstances.
Think about it, what if your breakthrough was tied to your obedience of being selfless by covering someone else in prayer. If Joseph had not interpreted the chief cupbearer/butler's dream, he would probably have stayed in prison even longer (Genesis 40-42). Remember our obedience creates a ripple effect of blessings. Our blessing may not be manifest immediately, but know that seeds are sown when we are obedient. Because Joseph didn't allow himself to be moved, he used his gift to bless someone else and in return God got him out of prison.
I say this to remind us all that no matter what season we are in we are to always be committed to being a vessel of God. Be consistent and obedient and show God that He can trust you when you are in the prison and when you are living in prosperity. Don't get so consumed with self that you neglect the fact that God needs you to be a blessing to someone else. I'm not sure where everyone else is in life, but my prayer is that we always love with the heart of Christ, being ready and willing to be used by God regardless of how we feel or what we are going through.