Day three in a five-part course on “Hearing God.”
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” John 8:47
Prayer is the third avenue of discovering God’s voice. Don’t pray the prayer of duty but the prayer that commits to gaining an audience before the King. Refuse to hold back from finding out what He has to say, for He will never refuse you entrance.
Have you asked Him to speak to you? When I had petitioned God in complete submission to His will, the following took place.
God presented messages to me in the clouds. I proposed the idea by asking Him to speak through cloud formations. Because it was Fall, there were plenty of clouds at His disposal! It surprised me how rapidly He responded so to my not- so- confident prayer.
I was looking at the sky when He spoke. Not audibly but with certainty. “Do you see that brilliant white cloud standing still?” After giving me time to assimilate, He continued. “Now, do you see that dark, angry cloud overtaking the white cloud?” Just the crest of the white cloud remained visible as the black cloud raced to envelop it. The most vivid part of the cloud beaming above the blackness remained. The Lord said, “Darkness is moving swiftly to cover the earth.” I recall feeling grateful for the enduring brilliance of the white cloud. We are a light in the dark; our illumination shines for everyone to see; as a city, on a hilltop (Mathew 5:14) The white cloud remained constant in its place as “Jesus Christ remains the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
The experience gave me a profound sense of urgency for what is coming upon an unsuspecting world.
Our Father communicates with us in distinct and various ways. Everyone differs from the other, and Jesus addresses us in ways we can relate to and comprehend. His purpose is for us to know and understand Him better.
Relationships develop or diminish depending on their importance to us. If our intention is an intimate relationship with Jesus, He is eager to converse with us by revealing His thoughts. Amos 4:13 says, “He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals His thoughts to mankind, and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord Almighty is His name.”
Whenever you are longing to hear the voice of God; wanting the assurance you’re doing the right thing, or yearning for His company, remember God’s voice has never been silent. Prophets exclaimed “This is what the Lord says,” from God speaking to Paul on the Damascus road, to the whisper that prompts you to pray for someone, He is talking. Since we are the focus of redemption’s story, the probability of Jesus choosing not to converse is not verifiable in scripture. Prayer is making a friend of God and God making a friend of you.
Do you want to hear God speak to you?
1. Find a place free from noise.
2. Still your mind.
3. Then immerse yourself in the word of God. To hear God’s voice, use God’s promises as spoken to you.
4. Meditate on the words and ask for their meaning.
5. Pray with an open heart.
6. Approach God as your friend.
7. Interject the Father’s promises into your prayer life. Add your name to that promise.
8. Because God cannot lie, He hears your plea and answers in His way and time.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?