16 Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus said to him, “Simon, son of Jonah, you are happy because you did not learn this from man. My Father in heaven has shown you this.
Jesus told Peter the reason why he could declare his confession of faith was because he heard from His Father in heaven. Likewise, it is possible for us to receive revelation when our hearts and minds are open to the Holy Spirit working within us. And when we learn to obediently declare what is revealed to us from God, it brings joy to the Lord and in turn, it inspires others and encourages them in their faith.
I often encounter people who complain that they can’t hear God. The Bible tells us that God speaks through dreams and visions, through nature and creatures, through prophets and miracles and ultimately through His Son. In fact, God speaks to us in so many ways that there is nothing God won’t use to get our attention.
Hearing from the Father is a right and privilege given to us as sons and daughters of God. Then prayer becomes more of listening than speaking. In Matthew 6:5-13, when the disciples asked Jesus how they ought to pray, Jesus started by telling them how not to pray. Don’t pray like hypocrites, don’t pray to be noticed by others and don’t pray with lots of meaningless words to make your prayers long.
We are to pray in response to God Himself.
Jesus tells us to take time to go to the secret place with the Father. This makes prayer a time of intimacy and communion where we experience the pure love and perfect acceptance of the Father. Then hearing and recognising God’s voice is easier in our daily lives because we become intimate with Him through His word and prayer.
Prayer is echoing to God His own words—and we know His word will not prove empty or without power but it will accomplish God’s purpose on earth as established in heaven. Let us learn to speak out what we heard and believe we receive what we have asked.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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