The voice of God
Our new assignment for our ministry group is sharing how we hear from God. God speaks to His people in so many ways. The Bible says even those who do not believe know of Him through creation. We are all in different places in our walk with God but all of us have been on the mountain tops and in the valleys at some time. I am sure as belivers we learn more in the valleys. When we are weak, He is strong.
I often hear God in a small voice particularly about things that I need to change in my life or about someone I need to pray for or something I need to do like call someone. Sometimes bigger things I have more trouble with. I would find myself asking God for things like, “What am I supposed to be doing since I retired or what do I do about this seemingly impossible thing in mine or someone else’s life.” These things do not always come with quick answers. I think often we have our image of what an answered prayer to our question looks like. But they may not be what God’s answer looks like. Also we worry more over the big prayer request. I would find myself pleading with God many times. Worry hinders our prayers and conversations with God. Our worry says to God we think he does not care about us, that he doesn’t know what is going on or what to do about it and that he isn’t able to meet our needs.
God not only knows everything that is going on, he knows exactly what is best for us, he loves us and He has equipped us so that WE can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Yes, WE. He has already won the battle, he has equipped us with all that we need love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control and the armor of God for the battles we face.
So my prayer life and time with God has changed over the years. I used to ask over and over my requests. Now, I thank Him for things I don’t physically see yet but know He has already taken care of. I can lay down the worry, and instead look forward to seeing His will in my life being fulfilled. It is amazing the peace it brings and for the first time in my life I feel I truly know what it means to trust God. That is what He wants from us.
So my prayer time is a time of thanking God for answered prayers, asking God what He has for me to do and thanking Him for His work in the lives of those on my prayer list. There is such peace in bringing our needs before Him and knowing He can make a way where there seems to be none. He loves us and cares for our every need. We hear God every day. He has got this. He says, “Be still and know that I am God”