Father, how amazing that You spoke through prophets to Israel’s kings to give them direction, correction, even advice on successful battle plans! You sent specific word to Ahab that he should fight against the 33 kings and their armies and chariots assembled. You told him who should lead the attack, when, and who would win.
I often wish there were such easily discernable ways I could hear from You. If only You would send me an email, or write across the sky to inform me about decisions or concerns I face.
And then I realize – You have written me a letter – It’s Your Holy Word!
If I take the time to read it, often things become clear. If I had never read the Bible, I wouldn’t know that in it, You have already included instructions for godly, moral living.
You have made Yourself very clear on many topics that relate to me today. Instead of hearing of and memorizing only scattered verses, I need to know the entirety of what You have to say to me.
So, reading Your word is a start. Studying it for a deeper understanding is also important. Then connecting the dots to how what You have said impacts my life, is crucial.
Some Bible study methods have big words for this: observation, interpretation, application. Very simply, it is asking:
What are You saying?
What does it mean?
What does it mean to me?
So a big part of the burden to hear from You is on me to listen to what You have already said.
But to help me even more, You have given every believer the Holy Spirit.
Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to help me understand, apply, and live by what Your Word says to me. I need to pay attention to what it is telling me, and be obedient, not ignore, discard, or drown out what I hear.
Thank You that I can hear from You just as specifically as those who heard the prophets speak. You have given me so much more so I can know You and understand You.
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the Holy Spirit.
Help me make reading and studying Your Word a priority for my time and energy. And do not let me quench the Holy Spirit.
And thank You that I can even talk to You personally in prayer. And know that You hear me. And that You answer. What an awesome God! Amen