Belonging to God

“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:47).

The spiritual discipline of listening to God is a mystery to many. God has placed His Holy Spirit inside of us for a purpose. He intends that the Spirit will work with us, leading us into more intimacy with God as we obey His promptings and develop more godly character.

Sometimes we shy away from the subject of listening to God because of others’ fanaticism, especially those who like to manipulate people based on what they “hear” from God. We don’t want to manipulate others or become fanatical, so we ignore the importance of listening.

–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. 

Father, I struggle to be disciplined in my spiritual life, even though I long to know You and to hear Your still, small voice.  Help me to submit to the instruction of the Holy Spirit without worrying about what others might think.  I long to be conformed to the image of Christ, who never did or said anything He didn’t receive from You.  Give me ears to hear and a willing, obedient spirit. 

Prayer Points

Praise the one who is King of kings and Lord of lords. Give thanks for everything in which you may find godly pleasure today: for work, food, books, music, and friends. Confess any pain you have unnecessarily brought into the lives of others. Commit yourself to doing to others today what you would have them do to you. Ask God to guide you in all your ways, to guard you against all that would harm you in body and soul, and to strengthen you in the face of temptation.

Pray for your pastor and church leaders. Ask God to give them wisdom and integrity and the filling of the Holy Spirit, that they may be mature in faith and may exercise their offices with prayer, patience, and humility.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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