Isaiah 58:9 (NIV)
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
Romans 10:17 (KJV)
17 So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Ever wish you could hear God speak to you so you would know what He wanted you to do? Is this sort of relationship with God even possible in our day? The counsel of Scripture indicates that God does speak to us this way. He desires that we seek him and set aside time so we can concentrate our energy on hearing from Him.
His promise for those who set aside times of prayer and fasting to seek Him is that we will hear his voice telling us where He is and what he wants us to do. Imagine being in the very presence of God and hearing his voice. What would you give for such an experience? How much would it be worth to you to hear God speak to you?
For a moment, let us consider some of those who heard God speak in the Scripture. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, THE WHOle nation of Israel in Judges 2, Gideon in Judges 6-7, Manoah in Judges 13, the entire kingdom of Judah in Judges 20, Phineas in Judges 20, Samuel I Samuel, David, Solomon, Ahijah, Elijah, Elisha, Jehu . . .
I could go on and on about the number of men and women who heard God speak to them through the history of the Old and New testaments as well as through the history of the Church. How is it that we position ourselves to hear God speak to us? Through obedience to His Written Word. As we obey His written word, the Bible, we will position ourselves to be able to hear him speak to us throughout our lives.
I want you to focus your attention on Romans 10:17 for a moment. Most who read this think that the faith mentioned here is the faith that comes from reading the Bible. They assume that if they read the Bible regularly that God will speak to them from the pages of Scripture. This is expected, but the text here does not use the word “logos” which means the written word; instead, Paul uses the word “rhema.”
This word is the same word that Jesus used in Matthew 4:4 and the same word that Paul uses in Ephesians 6:17. It is the word of God that you have hidden in your heart that you have meditated.
When you are going about your day, and you need to hear from God, the Spirit of the Lord will cause precisely the right Scripture passage to rise to the front of your mind to give you clear direction about where you should go or what you should do.
Today as you are praying and fasting, take time to listen to the Scripture that the Lord brings to mind as you pray. Ask God to speak to you through His Spirit, by His Word to give you direction about what to pray.
May this day of prayer and fasting be a day you will long remember.