Prayer is a conversation, plain and simple.
No fancy words needed. Come as you are, bruised and beaten, and lock eyes with Jesus. All your worries, stresses, fears, and shortcomings don’t hold you back here, in the moment. They only fuel the fire that consumes all that weighs you down.
See, this prayer thing isn’t complicated- we talk & we listen. God talks & He listens. Give and take; back and forth. The more we do this process, over and over, the more we feel the closeness He intended for us. We stop knocking on the door and just walk right in. We kick our feet up on the coffee table and grab a Coke from the fridge without a second thought. We feel homey and close and…like family. THIS is prayer: an intimate, personal, humble conversation with your Creator.
For day one of #theFives, let’s pray to hear God’s voice when He speaks.
“The gatekeeper opens the gate for him [the Shepherd], and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
God is the Shepherd. Christ-followers are the sheep. The Bible says He speaks to his sheep and they hear his voice. That means if you are a believer, you have the ability to hear His voice! Every one of you, without exception. So cool.
When was the last time you confidently heard God’s voice? How did you know it was His voice? What distracts you when listening for His voice? Take a moment to journal your thoughts.
1.) Ask for ears to hear the voice of God. (Isaiah 30:21)
2.) Take time to ask God ONE question you have been wanting answered. Sit in the silence and ask Him to speak to you. Write down whatever you hear, whether you know it is Him or not. (Don’t worry- by the end of these 5 weeks you will know it without question!)
3.) Ask God to reveal the areas of your life you have not listened to Him and have instead listened to the enemy. Repent (confess and turn away from of those areas) and ask how you can correct your course moving forward.
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