Ears to Hear
Do you have ears to hear? Do you stop and listen for God's still small Voice? Let's ask the Lord for listening ears! Imagine the man who has a lottery ticket in hand...how he listens to the voice of the announcer as he speaks the winning number. Scrutinizing the numbers on the ticket...beads of sweat appearing on his face as each syllable rolls off of the announcer's tongue. He waits breathlessly for his ticket's numbers to be read and when he hears the right numbers, he knows he has won the diamond bracelet!
Now, let's compare that to ourselves and our relationship with the Lord. God tells us to run the race for the everlasting prize and the gifts that moth and rust cannot destroy...do we do that? As breathlessly as we would await the announcement of our winning a diamond bracelet? Every Word that proceeds out of God's mouth in our quiet time with Him is like receiving a nugget of gold, or a pearl of special value. This is the food that our spirits require. Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. God is Holy and who is man that He is mindful of him? Yet, He seeks a personal and very real relationship with us, and if an earthly father knows how to give good gifts to his children, how much more shall Our Father in Heaven give us gifts who earnestly seek Him? In that lottery, only one can win the prize....in God's Kingdom all who call out to Him shall be saved. No man can earn his right into the Kingdom, so how is it that some think that he/she can be too bad, too far gone... It is only grace from God, by Jesus Christ we can reach the Father. (salvation)
Holy Spirit, please teach me to hear Your voice as I read the Living Word. I know I need no man to teach me, please lead me into all truth and understanding. I don't know what to ask the Father for, please help me to pray. I don't want to lean on my own understanding, but rather I would pray in the will of the Father.
Lord, may I have ears to hear. I want to hear Your still small voice. I would like to stop striving in the flesh, and rest in Your strength. I would like forgiveness for my sins, cleansing once again to be mine from You. I would like a humble heart and a contrite spirit, that you will in no way cast out of your Presence. Speak to me Lord, and help me to be still and receive Your words. Help me to hear every syllable that You would speak to me, and help me to follow Your every command. I don't want to waiver in doubt and unbelief...but I want to become a person of faith and love. Remove from me any hindrances, anything that would keep me from hearing you, Lord. In Jesus' Name I pray.
It is written in God's Word, that those who seek Me shall find Me. Keep seeking and ye shall find, keep asking and ye will be given, keep knocking and the door will be opened unto you.