Nothing can be a substitute for your relationship with God. Sometimes God just does His work in our lives without using anything or anyone else. That certainly happens…but not all the time.
God also uses His words, ideas, knowledge to empower, liberate, and heal us. Sometimes that is enough.
But it is also very common for God to use people to teach us, support us, and coach us. Andy Stanley said, “You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But you will never be as good as you could be without a coach.”
Sometimes I get stuck and despite praying and studying, I can’t seem to get my breakthrough. So, I have worked with and continue to work with a coach to help me. Coaches have areas of expertise in specific areas of life and have developed skills to help people implement steps to get their solution.