June 2013

Listening for Others

Listening For Others
(June 2013 - Week 5)

(1). Luke 22:31-32 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."

(2). Acts 27:23-24 Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and
whom I serve stood beside me 24 and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul.
You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given
you the lives of all who sail with you.'

(3). Daniel 2:26-29 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar),
“Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?" 27 Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is
a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream
and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying
in bed are these: 29 "As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind
turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed
you what is going to happen.

(4). “The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of
intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when
individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their
priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.”
[John R. Mott]

(5). Prayer thought: God reveals himself to us as we pray. He then
reveals who we are. As we trust his revelation, he extends his trust
in us, by revealing things about others: those who cannot hear him,
those who may be learning to hear him, and those who do hear him
but God still desires to encourage through his body.

A Place Alone With God

A Place Alone With God
(June 2013 - Week 4)

(1). Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

(2). Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.

(3). James 4:7 Come near to God and he will come near to you.

(4). Mark 6:30-32 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.

(5). “In quiet and silence the faithful soul makes progress, the hidden meanings of the Scriptures become clear, and the eyes weep with devotion every night. Even as one learns to grow still, he draws closer to the Creator and farther from the hurly-burly of the world. As one divests himself of friends and acquaintances, he is visited by God and his holy angels.” [Thomas A. Kempis, The Imitation of Christ]

(6). Prayer thought: Where is God calling me to spend time alone with him? I have other places to go, work to do, and people to talk to. But perhaps God has other places for me to go, different work for me to do, and people that he wants to talk to. He would like to tell me about it, in a place alone with him.

Being Still To Listen

Being Still to Listen
(June 2013 - Week 3)

(1). Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

(2). Lamentations 3:24-26 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.

(3). Psalm 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

(4). “The goal of prayer is the ear of God,” a goal that can only be reached by patient and continued and continuous waiting upon Him, pouring out our heart to Him and permitting Him to speak to us. Only by so doing can we expect to know Him, and as we come to know Him better we shall spend more time in His presence and find that presence a constant and ever-increasing delight.” [E.M. Bounds, Purpose in Prayer]

(5). Prayer thought: It is wise to develop the ability to still ourselves and contemplate the holiness of the Lord. In an increasingly busy world, the virtue of patiently waiting on the Lord for his voice is one that must be cultivated if we are to hear from Him. God calls out to us continually, and if we are intentional about quieting ourselves and listening to Him, our knowledge of and delight in Him will grow exponentially.

How Does God Speak?

How Does God Speak?
(June 2013 - Week 2)

(1). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for
teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

(2). Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim
the work of his hands. 2Day after day they pour forth speech; night after
night they reveal knowledge. 3They have no speech, they use no words; no
sound is heard from them. 4Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their
words to the ends of the world.

(3). Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and
he with me.

(4). 1 Kings 19:11-12 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the
presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and
powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the
Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an
earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12After the earthquake
came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a
gentle whisper.

(5). “A man prayed, and at first he thought that prayer was talking. But he
became more and more quiet until in the end he realized that prayer is
listening.” [Soren Kierkegaard]

(6). Prayer thought: Since the creation of mankind, the Lord has spoken and
continues to speak through various means and methods. The Bible is
God’s Living Word, ever speaking relevant words to His people. Creation
and the heavens declare His glory and speak of His power and might
continually so that man cannot say that God is mute. God speaks gently in
a still and quiet voice to those who will listen.

Who Are We Listening To?

Who Are We Listening To?

(June 2013 - Week 1)

(1). Genesis 3:1 He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

(2). 2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

(3). Isaiah 51:4 Listen to me, my people; hear me my nation...

(4). John 6:63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

(5). “We must listen to God, and be attentive to Him, forgetting ourselves and all self-interest.” [Madame Guyon, A Short Method of Prayer]

(6). Prayer thought: We don’t have a shortage of voices when training our ears to listen in prayer. Satan, other people, and our own thoughts compete for our listening attention. God calls us to listen to him, and the result of hearing his voice is spirit and life.