Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV)
Today, we’re focusing on letting God open our eyes to His presence and voice. Do you remember the story in Luke 2 about Jesus’ parents losing track of him, and they didn’t even know it? They looked hard for Him, and after a few days, they found Him in the temple. It’s very easy for us throughout the year to lose track of Jesus and grow distant from His presence. And it’s because the enemy’s tactics are so well-honed–there’s distraction and chaos all around us, schedules, people needing our attention. It’s just so easy to lose track of His presence in all the noise if we don’t start focused on Him.
That’s why we open the year with fasting and prayer–it allows us to say to God, “You’re first. I’m here for You.” And the beautiful thing is this–our relationship with God is not a single direction; it’s a relationship just like those with the people we can see and touch. Yes, we pray and worship and give honor to God, but He also talks to us! Like any relationship, communication with God is a two-way street.
Often our prayers are asking for things, help, or answers, but do you start your prayers with an expectation that God is going to speak to you? He may not speak audibly, but remember “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27 (KJV)) So here’s the important challenge today: when you pray and worship, leave time (quiet time) to listen for God to speak to you. Don’t make your prayer time hectic–let it be peaceful and listen for God’s response.
Lord, I pray today that You would speak to me, and that I would hear. I don’t want to shut down our communication before You have the chance to respond. I know that I’ve been quick to move on from prayer before, but today, I’d like to hear from You. Just talk to me; tell me a little about Your day, Your desires, Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.