A wise friend told me, “The Sovereign Lord wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught (Isaiah 50:4).”
When He wakes her, she wonders, “What do you have for me today, Lord?”
Then she opens her Bible and reads, ready to respond to whatever He says.
I was in food store. A thought flashed across my mind, “Buy celery.” I argued in my head. We don’t like celery.” The thought came again. “Buy celery.” I argued again. “When I buy celery, we throw most of it away.”
My young daughter came home with a note from her teacher. “Can you please send celery to school tomorrow?”
I learned a lesson that day. When an idea or thought just doesn’t make sense, it could be from God.
Their relationship, although tainted by deceit, was one of mutual blessing. But things happened and there was no longer favor between them.
To the one, God said, “I have seen all. . . whatever God has said to you, do (Genesis 31:12-16).”
To the other, God said, “Be careful not to say anything to Jacob, either good or bad (Genesis 31:24).”
Both men listened to God and their relationship was restored. Read the whole story in Genesis 29-31.
Paul prayed please. Please. Please, take away my affliction!
But the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
When we are weak, we are strong (read the story in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
I heard His still small voice prompting me to communicate with her. I didn’t do it.
Learn to listen and obey.
Isaiah saw the Lord, sitting on a lofty throne. He heard the Lord ask, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”
He answered, “Here am I. Send me (from Isaiah 6:1-8).”
How would you respond if the Lord asked you?
I sat, reading. This verse jumped out at me: We have thought on your steadfast love, O God (Psalm 48:9).
I let Scripture guide my thoughts as I pondered God’s love. I listened and believed: God is love (1 John 4:16).
That is prayer.
When a friend’s behavior disappoints you, go immediately to the Lord.
Seek to discern what God wants to do in your friend’s life, and in yours, rather than concentrating on your friend’s sin.*
*adapted from Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-By-Day, p. 132.
The Lord told Moses, “Go, for I am sending you.”
Moses protested, “Who am I to lead the people?”
God answered, “I will be with you (from Exodus 3:10-12).”
God still tells people who pray: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you (Hebrews 13:4).
Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here (John 6:20).”
Later he said, “My words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me (John 16:25).”
As you pray, think about what God said, through Jesus, as though he were speaking to you.