Summary: Learning to listen to God and not just asking for things.
Learning to Listen to God in Prayer
Over the past several months the Lord has had me sharing to many of you privately about you needing to spend quiet time with the Lord, just listening.
We Can Hear the Voice of God in Prayer when we pray but also when we spend time listening.
I have learned the difference between the voice of the Lord and the evil one heavily over the last few weeks and he can no longer disguise himself from me as the Lord our God.
He who lives in me, is the Almighty, ever powerful, ever loving, ever caring, never leaving purpose for my life here in His world.
Some of us don’t realize that He can and will help us.
Some of us believe that he seems to help others when we pray but because we forget to ask about ourselves, He does’nt help us.
I’ve been to hell here on earth and geuss what?
I ain’t going back
My past is something I cannot change and I will be obedient to Him.
The spirit of the Lord is upon me and I can’t keep my mouth shut.
Say this. " I Believe"
I have had to go through hell and guess what? "I Believe!"
Praise God, I Believe!
Prayer: It is a great privilege and a great responsibility for the people of God. When Israel was going through a tough time in Her history and the people asked Samuel to pray for them, Samuel responded with these words:
"Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart; for consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king." (I Samuel 12:23-25)
We tend to think of prayer as a spiritual discipline where we talk to God. But the most important discipline in prayer is learning to hear God talking to you! Let’s learn some important lessons on how to hear God in prayer. How can we get Divine direction for our life & spiritual discernment for making decisions. Samuel knew how to listen in Prayer (I Sam. 8:6-7; 9:15; 16:7-12)
We can hear His voice or listen to ours that may be saying,
I can’t break this habit,
I can’t grow anymore
I don’t feel connected to Him.
if you feel that way, you need to give up the past and you can do that by guess what.
A Quiet time in which you listen to no one but the Lord.
How have I learned, by being alone with Him.
Jesus went to be alone with the Father when He was here with us,
I wonder why?
I.) If we are ever to hear God’s voice in Prayer we must first be convinced that He wants to talk to us.
A.) "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17)
"Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd" (Jn.10:16)
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life" (Jn. 10:27)
B.) Jesus will speak to us through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
"I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come." John 16:12-14 (also Eph. 2:18; Rom. 8:28)
"But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off concerning the former conversation (life style) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; & be renewed in the spirit of your mind" (Eph.4:20-22; Isa. 54:13)
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith" (James 1:5-6; Pro. 2:1-2, 10)
So we know God does want to talk to us. He expects us to be listening! When we understand that the most important aspect of prayer is listening it casts a totally new insight on I Thess. 5:17: "Pray without ceasing."
I can say to my God, My Father, my heavenly host here on earth that sent His son for me to make me more with Him.