Theme: God still speaks to believers
|Text: Hebrews 4:16
It's an honor to be able to speak to God. Anywhere, anytime, under any circumstances, we can approach the throne of God with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.
Most of the time we think of prayer as talking to God, rarely stopping to think that God may want to talk to us. The Scripture is full of accounts of God speaking to His children directly and personally.
Old Testament Examples:
All through the Old Testament God spoke and His people listened or chose to ignore His voice.
New Testament Examples:
It makes no sense to believe that God lost His voice at the end of the first century.
If the essence of Christianity is a personal relationship between Almighty God and individual human beings, it stands to reason that God still speaks to believers today.
Learning To Listen
People who are really interested in hearing from God must pay a price.
Requirement #1 - Be
"still" before God.
Jesus developed the discipline of stillness before God in spite of a busy schedule. Crowds followed Him wherever He went. Daily He preached and taught and healed. It was difficult for Him to find time alone to pray and He had to get up long before dawn to do it. (See Mark 1:35).
Times of stillness and solitude were important to Jesus. He not only talked to the Father, He listened. As a result there was purpose to His steps and power in His life. (See Mark 1:22).
God's power is available to us when we come to Him in solitude, when we learn to focus and center our hearts and be quiet before Him.
Requirement #2 - Invite
God to speak to you.
Ask God to speak to you in specific areas.
What you ask depends on your situation. Whenever you ask the Lord, you will be amazed at how He leads. Our attitude should be: "Speak Lord for your servant is listening..."(1 Samuel 3:9). The message God speaks to you will be suited to your individual need.
Requirement #3 - Obey
How To Be Sure It Is God You Are Hearing
The first question that comes to mind when you talk about God speaking is; "How can I be sure that what I am hearing is truly from God?
This is a valid question. 1 John 4:1 says, "Beloved believe not every spirit but try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out in the world."
The purpose of prayer is not simply to offer up one's requests and praises and present them to God. The purpose of prayer goes deeper than that. Prayer is a way to maintain constant communion with God. It is a means of growing in you relationship with Him. Too many Christians know "about" God but rarely, or never, have an awareness of a growing relationship with Him.
God wants you to enjoy Him. He wants to answer your prayers, guide your life, give you insights from His Word. He has wonderful things in store for you!
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thess. 5:16-17).