“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).
The Holy Spirit knows how to help us “hear” what God is communicating to us through the Bible. As we read, often the Holy Spirit will prompt us with application. He will also do that as He communicates to us through other people and in specific circumstances.
In fact, my experience tells me that our God communicates with us most of the time in one way or another. He communicates truth in a variety of ways, but how God communicates His truth with us is not the issue. Discerning what truth God is communicating is the issue. We need to establish parameters to make sure that we are hearing correctly and that it is His truth and not our, or someone else’s, imagination.
–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Father, so much of the world around me has determined that there is no absolute truth. Continually draw me to Your word and help me to embed it so deeply into my spirit that discerning Your truth always comes naturally to me. Help me to clearly and consistently hear the voice of Your Spirit throughout each day so that I will have good understanding.
God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. Praise God for the radiance of his presence. Give thanks that you can have fellowship with him and walk in the light. Confess any dark sin that you have not yet exposed to that light. Commit yourself to living by the light of God’s truth (1 Jn. 1:5-7). Ask “that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness . . .” (Phil. 1:9-11).
Pray for husbands that they will give spiritual leadership in their households and will love their wives as Christ loved the church.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend