I know there is power in prayer, and I am passionate about having communion with God. Today, I encourage you to settle your heart, quiet your mind, and open your spirit to hear from our Lord.
Job 33:14 recounts a rebuke from Elihu to Job saying, “Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it.”
God doesn’t withhold His word or will from us. He gives wisdom to all generously and without reproach (James 1:5). But, we must ask in faith without any doubting. “For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:7-8).
Today, I am reminded of the story of Gideon and his asking God for a sign that it was in fact God speaking to Him. “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who speak with me.” (Judges 6:17).
Gideon doesn’t just ask for one sign but a few. God had already made His voice and His will abundantly clear, but much like us, Gideon feared that he would act outside the plan of God.
I want us to pray to hear from God, but I also want us to pray that when we do hear from Him that we have open ears and open hearts unpolluted by fear and doubt.
I know for me looking at past disappointments has managed to slow me with trepidation and uncertainty when the Spirit is so good in showing me the truth. I want us to listen to Him, not to our fears, concerns, or doubts. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, and we need to begin living in freedom instead of submitting to our feelings. (2 Cor. 3:17)
We come before you today with humble hearts and quiet hearts, eager to hear from you. Father, we ask that we continue to nurture our hope in You, the unchanging and constant God. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. May our hope and faith be found in You and You alone.
Father, I also pray that we come before you with expectant hearts ready to hear from You. You want to speak to us, You want to instruct us and bless us, but we often turn a deaf ear out of fear. Help our hearts to know Your voice and to trust in Your Word. You are good.
May we also learn to accept what You say to us and how You say it. When You show Yourself mightily, Lord, help us to trust in Your infallible faithfulness and to know Your plan is to give us a hope and a future. We may not always understand, and we may be prone to succumb to fear, but in the name of Jesus Christ I pray we begin to live like conquerors.
Finally, Father, I ask that you help us to respond to Your voice. When we hear from You, Lord, I ask that we do not hesitate to move forward in the confidence You give us. The enemy will try to confuse us and instigate a sense of fear, but he cannot cross the bloodline. Cover us in Your grace and give us discernment to know how best to go forth.
Thank You, Holy Spirit, for Your precious presence. May we follow you and be ready to hear from You all the days of our lives.
In Your Son’s holy and beautiful name,