We hear what we are used to hearing. Are you accustomed to hearing God speak to you? God, our heavenly Father, communicates. He speaks. He initiates conversation. To be able to hear God is crucial for our spiritual lives and for revival. God speaks, and we are responsible to listen and hear Him. There are always four voices competing for our attention: the voice of God, the devil, others, and our own. We must discern which is which. By faith, we can hear God and distinguish His voice. By faith, we can receive God’s Word. By faith, the children of God are enabled to hear divine truth and convert that truth to action.
God speaks in several ways today. He speaks primarily through the Bible. The Holy Spirit speaks to us by impressing God’s Word and God’s will upon our hearts and minds. God also speaks through godly ministers and speakers, such as pastors, preachers, teachers, and evangelists. God even speaks through our circumstances.
Regardless of the method, when God speaks He expects a response from us. He expects us to hear His voice, adjust our lives to Him, and obey. In times of revival, God speaks clearly and compellingly, and we must obey His Word quickly. When God speaks to a person, that person has encountered truth. Jesus tells us in John 14:6 that He is “the way, the truth and the life.” Jesus Christ is truth. In any encounter with truth, we encounter God. And an encounter with God requires a response.
Righteous Father, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Give me a deep desire to be still and listen as You reveal more of Yourself to me. May I obediently respond when You call me to step into things that I might be uncomfortable with but which will bring You great glory. Help me to hear You speak through the Word, through godly friends and mentors, through my circumstances – good and bad, and even in Your lovely created world around me. May I lean towards Your voice and yield in obedience to whatever You call me to be or to do.
–Adapted from Praying with Fire: Seeking His Presence through the Revival Passages of Scripture by Mark Partin. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before his presence with exceeding joy. Give thanks that God has preserved you through many physical and spiritual dangers. Confess a specific fault that you want God to remove. Commit yourself to courageous endurance in the way of Christ. Ask for undying hope in the Lord and a renewal of strength that you may soar on wings like an eagle, may run and not grow weary, may walk and not be faint (Isa. 40:31).
Ask the Lord to send the power of his Holy Spirit upon all the missionaries of your church and to give them the strength, courage, health, support, and spiritual gifts to be fruitful.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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