“It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 1:19&20, ESV)
Sometimes the clutter of so many different voices screaming for attention can make it difficult to hear what God is saying to us. I’ve experienced it. I experienced it this morning, as a matter of fact. My daily practice is to get up early and spend time with God in prayer before jumping in the fast lane. But sometimes, like this morning, I had more of a sense of fear than peace.
As a mature believer in Christ, I recognize fear as a red flag, evidence of the enemy. I began to pray in the Spirit, as the opening passage suggests, and within a few moments, a passage of Scripture came to mind that brought me great comfort. I knew the Lord was speaking.
If we use our current crisis as an example, we will readily admit there are a thousand different voices vying for our attention daily. In order to be able to hear truth, we must be able to hear the voice of God. The best way for us to do that is to read the Word of God. The Word builds faith in our lives which supplants fear and brings peace.
I sensed through what the Lord spoke to me this morning that there are two primary ways we can hear the voice of God and by extension, the peace and sense of overcoming victory we so desperately need.
First, pray in the Holy Spirit. If you’re not sure what that means, or if your denomination isn’t familiar with that phrase, or hasn’t taught this, I would encourage you to search the Scriptures. Open your heart to the fact that there is likely a lot we don’t know, and we should approach the Bible for what it is, the Word of God. Then, ask Jesus, who baptizes with the Holy Spirit, to fill you and help you pray in the Spirit. I believe He will.
Second, we all have moments when we cry out to God from our pain, or through our emotions and He certainly cares and understands that, but if you want answers to prayer, pray God’s Word; pray the promises of God. Here are a couple of examples:
You might pray Isaiah 41:10 this way, “I will fear not, for You are with me. I will not be dismayed, for You are my God. I am strengthened, I am helped, I am upheld with the right hand of Your righteousness.”
Here is another passage to declare that can bring calm to your life: “I will fear not, I will stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord… The Lord will fight for me, and I have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14).
We’re living in a time where I believe God is using this Coronavirus to set us aside to refocus, from our own pursuits, back to His. Let prayer and His Word be your comfort today.
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information.
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