Thursday, March 24, 2011

Prayer Closet: Hearing From God

I am passionate about hearing from
God. It was a journey and continues
to be one to hear from our Lord who
is living and active. He speaks to
us in many ways: through His Word
(Bible), through others, and many
times straight to our hearts by
impressing thoughts that line up
with Scripture, bring Him glory
and are not what we would be
thinking apart from Him. At least
that is how I have learned to hear
Him when I spend time asking Him
to speak to me. It comes in thoughts
and many times in ways that I wouldn't
speak. Before I learned to "hear" from
God this way, I would sit and try to
listen and would get nothing. 5 minutes
seemed like 5 hours and I would get
frustrated. I would ask friends in
Bible study as a prayer request to
pray that I would hear God. My mentor
would pray that as well. Over time and
through obedience of sitting and waiting to
hear, I began having God speak straight
to my heart. I love how my pastor puts
it: "It's your voice in your head, but
it's something you wouldn't say."

I believe God speaks to all His children,
but in the past, I was too busy to
listen this way. I still would learn
from God and be guided by His Holy Spirit
as I studied my Bible, but this became
special time with me and my God. When
I would get busy and not spend time
"listening to God", I would be reminded
once I spent time alone that I am the
one who misses out. He blesses us when
we make time for Him. I also believe
God speaks uniquely to those who love
Him. I am not big on journaling, but
when I would go into my closet and
pray, I started writing down what
would get put on my heart. I would
walk out of my closet and be amazed
at what I wrote down because it was
not words I would normally write.
I truly believe God speaks!

I hope this doesn't sound weird! And
I'll give an example to show what I'm
talking about. This is from a recent
prayer time I had:

With Me, all things are possible.
Possibilities can be a mystery to people.
They might say, "All things are possible,
but they are not probable." I make even
the things that are not probable a possibility.
I make all things new. I am the Creator who
spoke the earth, the heavens, and the stars
into existence. I can and will do all things
that bring Me glory through My children
who are available and obedient. My Name
is the Name above all names and I am
recognized through the works of my
children that are not possible apart from

*I'm always so encouraged after time in
prayer. I know that God wants to direct
us in His ways and speak truth to us.
My friend and I have started a blog
where we will be sharing what God puts
on our hearts. I would love to hear
how God speaks to you if you would like
to share. I would also love for you
to be encouraged! Here is our blog:

**Part of wanting to post my prayers
on the blog was after reading a book:
God Calling, I felt like God spoke to
me in a similar way and felt like maybe
others could be encouraged through these
words. God is the only One who should
receive all praise and glory in life, and
my goal is to give Him that glory.

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