Saturday, June 21, 2008

Listening Prayer


Acts 13:2 , Ps 42:6

God speaks to us in two primary ways. One is through the written word, the Bible. The other is through the Holy Spirit speaking to us. In Acts 13:2 the Bible says "As they ministered to the Lord (worshiped) and fasted, the Holy Spirit said..."

What can you expect to hear when the Holy Spirit speaks? A verse is brought to mind or you could hear a song. Ps 42:6 says "in the night his song shall be with me” At times like this your spirit is hearing from God. When God speaks, it will always be in agreement with the word of God. Remember, what ever the form, the prompting of the Holy Spirit will always be in agreement with the Word of God. If it doesn’t, then my friend, I do not believe you are hearing the Lord.

Father, may the ears of our hearts be open to Your voice. In Jesus’ Name., Amen.

©2006 Lewis Turner

Listening in Prayer


Psalms 46:10

Ever want to know God’s will and His way of doing things?

God reveals His will to those who pray and have learned to listen in prayer. In Acts, chapter 10, we find that God spoke to Peter in a vision. When Peter was praying and fasting, the Lord spoke to Him in that vision through an Angel.

To learn to listen to the Lord, we need to learn to be quiet before the Lord and to listen, quieting our minds and hearts and be sensitive to hear the voice of God. God will confirm over and over what He speaks to us, and what He speaks always be in agreement with the Bible. In Psalms 46:10 it says "Be still and know that I am God."

Father, help us to be still and to let go of distractions, so we can hear You when we listen in prayer. In Jesus’ name.

©2006 Lewis Turner

Coming Together


Acts 1:4

Does waiting ever accomplish things? Waiting is probably one of the hardest tasks to follow through on.

Jesus in Acts 1:4 commanded His disciples "That they should not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father." The disciples went to an upper room and prayed and waited as Jesus told them. I can imagine they had many thoughts if the wait was worth the wait, but they obeyed Jesus and waited. The results were seen in a great move of God bringing many to Christ.

This command to the disciples also applies to us. We need to come together in our churches and seek all that God wants to do through our churches by waiting on Him in prayer. This should be our first responsibility before we make any plans or take on any project. The upper room pattern of waiting on the Lord is the secret to a healthy church life.

Father, create in our hearts a desire to come together in prayer. In Jesus’ name.

©2006 Lewis Turner

Committing Our way to the Lord


PS 37:5

If you asked someone to do something for you, and then did not let them do it, is there any commitment on your part to them?

That’s and easy answer of no.

To many of us, when we pray, we ask but do not really commit our way unto the Lord.

Psalms 37:5 says "Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass." If we want God's help, then we need to ask for it through prayer, not as a second thought, but because it is important to communicate it to God. Then we need to let the Lord work.

Father, help us to commit our way to you and to bring that commitment to you through prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

©2006 Lewis Turner