Prayer is first and foremost about relating to God before it is requesting and petitioning of Him. You will never understand petitioning prayer until you understand relational prayer. When you hear God’s voice, you love your own voice less. I can’t tell you how many times I have wrestled through situations, decisions and then finally let God speak to me through a devotional, His Word, in the quietness and it stills my soul. It gives me incredible resolve and peace to follow through, to stick with it, to persevere!
Listen to God’s voice as he speaks into the life of Job in Job 38 -42 We put God in second place every time we pray more for personal things than for the opportunity to bear fruit for Him. It is a hard question to ask… and as Larry Crabb writes in his book we do it when for example we pray harder for our marriage to feel better than we pray to more closely relate to God.
We put God in second place every time we pray more for personal things than for the opportunity to bear fruit for Him. It is a hard question to ask… and as Larry Crabb writes in his book we do it when for example we pray harder for our marriage to feel better than we pray to more closely relate to God.
We need to focus on the provider more than His provisions.
IS IT SILENCE? The LORD said to Job:
2 "Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?
Let him who accuses God answer him!"
3 Then Job answered the LORD :
4 "I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
5 I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more."
God continues to speak into our lives but we often miss his still small voice because we let our lives become so complicated.
Avoiding the thought that my soul is empty by keeping busy is one of the oldest tricks in the book. One writer suggests that we fill our calendars because we want to. To come to the point where I’m left all by myself, no friend to visit, book to read, TV to watch, music to listen to, bringing me to the revelation of my basic human aloneness can be a scary thing. Keeping busy allows me to play the game that everything is fine. God doesn’t want my busyness – He wants me, but we miss the point and as a result, our lives are unbalanced, our priorities are forgotten and our hearts are not in tune.
Why is it so hard for us to listen, especially guys. I remember one of the first things on
OPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES
OPEN YOUR SPIRITUAL EYES
What is God trying to show you:
1. God’s plan always prevails – get on His track. v2
2. Don’t talk about what you don’t know. v3 It is not your job to figure everything out and the sooner you learn that the better off you will be.
3. He is in the business of revealing Himself. God revealing Himself to you is more precious, more important than even knowing the answer. To know God is a powerful, all consuming passion.
O the bliss of the man who longs for total righteousness as a starving man longs for food, and as a man perishing of thirst longs for water. And then Jesus added, ‘For that man will truly be satisfied
Lets look at a man who was heartsick for God - Psalm 63 – He didn’t seek comfort, ease. As Charles Spurgeon wrote, ‘his soul, his very self, his deepest life, was insatiable for a sense of the divine presence…oh to have the most intense craving after our Savior!
4.Repent of whatever is getting in the way of hearing and seeing God! v6
There is a process to walk through that draws us in as Chuck Swindoll outlines so well...
SIMPLIFY It begins by reordering our personal life. I can so easily be led astray!
It begins by reordering our personal life. I can so easily be led astray!
We need to simplify our lives, ask Jesus to release the grip, deliver us from those things that will only suffocate us and to satisfy us with His unfailing love. If I don’t simplify my life, I will not be able to rest within, I will be unable to enter the deepest parts of my heart where God’s awesome messages are revealed.
Anyone can be led astray, we are not immune, but our response time can be shortened!
J. I. Packer – in moral and spiritual terms as it relates to sin, we are all sick and damaged, diseased and deformed, scarred and sore – and the only sin I have victory over is a forgiven one. The only power I have is remaining in Jesus…
Eugene Peterson states – Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything! Jacob wrestling God fights for us. Psalm 46:10
Jesus also knew when it was time to dismiss the crowd.
Silence works - it brings me to the place where I'm alone with Him, shut up to God
We need to get alone with God and let Him expose us for what we really are and give us His motives, His passion, His preeminance. If we don’t, we are just mouthing words, meaning nothing.
May not the inadequacy of much of our spiritual experience be traced back to our habit of skipping through the corridors of the Kingdom like children in the market place, chattering about everything, but pausing to learn the true value of nothing. A W Tozer
It is there that I will weep with Jesus for those who are lost without a Heavenly Father
It is there that I will hear Him say come and find rest for your soul
It is there that I will feel His heartbeat to glorify God
It is there that I will touch Him and know He has made me whole
It is there that I will see Him intercede with all powerful intensity, not my will but thine be done
It is there that I will be delivered from selfish and wicked thoughts.
Let Him speak to your soul.
May the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.