It is important to spend time being quiet before the Lord. If we are doing all of the talking, we won’t be able to hear Him speak. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). I wonder how many instructions and promptings we miss because we don’t take the time to learn to distinguish the voice of the Shepherd! “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).
When you sense that you have a word from the Lord and it agrees with the Bible, act upon it. God is not going to give us more than we can handle, and He will likely start us out slowly. As you are faithful in the small things, He will trust you with bigger issues. Maybe He will impress upon your heart to write a note to someone, or to make an encouraging phone call. If you didn’t actually hear directly from the Lord, you are still doing something that is like the character of Jesus living within you.
Adapted from the article Are You Ready to Be the Answer to the Prayers You Pray? by Kim Butts, co-author of Pray Like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings
Lord Jesus, sometimes I long to do the big splashy deeds that make You known widely. But then, You quietly remind me that the smallest touch, a quiet encouragement, or act of mercy is living out faithful obedience within Your kingdom! Help me to be a servant that doesn’t need to live my life to be seen by men. Give me a listening heart to obey even the smallest task You choose to give me.
Praise God that he is your stronghold in time of trouble (Ps. 9:9). Give thanks for God’s promise that when you call on him in the day of trouble, he will deliver you (Ps. 50:15). Confess your failure to glorify and honor God when he does give you deliverance. Commit yourself to keeping the vows you make when you are in trouble (Ps. 66:13-16). Ask God to bring you to your knees in every situation, not just when special trouble surrounds you (Psalm 116).
Pray that all Christians will see God’s hand in trouble and trials knowing that “God . . . will pay back trouble to those who trouble you” (2 Thess. 1:6).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend