Day Twelve of Unbroken Prayers
So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”
So, Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.”
~ 1 Samuel 3:9-11
God called out to Samuel specifically. He called out to Samuel personally. God’s voice is personal and specific. And, God wants to speak to you. One of the most important things I can do as your pastor is teach you that God wants to speak to you.
One of the saddest stories in scripture is when Israel looks at Moses and says, “Moses, you can go up the mountain and hear from God for us.” (see Exodus 20)
Does God speak through His children to His other children? Absolutely! But God wants to speak to you personally and specifically.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
Jesus is the Shepherd. If you’re following Him, then you are His sheep. And, what do sheep do? They hear the Shepherd’s voice. I know many people don’t believe God speaks. Who are you going to listen to? The unbeliever? Or Jesus?
“If God doesn’t speak today, then the greatest disservice we could ever do to people is to tell them that they can have a personal relationship with God” ~ Dallas Willard
Take some time this morning and listen. God wants to speak to you specifically and personally. Don’t expect someone else to hear from God for you. Your story is your story. Your history is your history. Your intellect is your intellect. Your personality is your personality. You are His sheep, and you can hear His voice! Spend some time praying to the Lord today, knowing that no one can hear from God for you like you can!
Today's Point of Prayer & Intercession:
Pray for wisdom and direction
But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. ~ Acts 6:10
We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. ~ 1 Corinthian 2:6
Wisdom makes one wise person more powerful than ten rulers in a city. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:19
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. ~ James 1:5
In all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3:6
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. ~ Ephesians 5:17