Have you been struggling with prayer lately?
Do you have moments in your life where you feel like you have a handle on prayer but you still feel frustrated?
Does your mind wander because you don’t know where to begin because there’s so much to pray about?
First, this is what I will cover in this post.
- God speaks through His Written Word, the Bible and
- God speaks by His proceeding Word.
God speaks to you through the written Word.
The written Word is His established Word. It’s important to know what’s in the written Word but it’s also critical to know what He’s saying by His “proceeding” Word.
I’m convinced God speaks to people but they’ve not been mentored in how to recognize His voice.
God speaks by His proceeding Word.
“. . . man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
The “proceeding word” means more than we think it means. Many Christians believe once the Bible was completed God stopped speaking.
Christians recite the verse this way, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of the Lord.”
The word “proceeded” to many Christians means, what He once spoke. I was one of them. But Deuteronomy 8:3 means something different. It says, “proceeds.” What’s proceed mean? God wants to speak to you directly not just through the written Word, the Bible.
Hearing on the inside
The hamster wheel of good works keeps you busy and driven, but God’s proceeding Word keeps you off the hamster wheel. You stop saying, Don’t speak to me now God I’m busy with this great work.
We put good works in place of listening prayer and wonder why we’re burned out.
“Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important?
Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her” (Luke 10:41-42 TPT).
Does the Scripture above touch a raw nerve? Martha had a need to be needed and she wouldn’t say no. Saying no wasn’t in my vocabulary years ago but major liver surgery got me off the merry-go-round of good works. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. At last, I had time to listen to the works He wanted me to do.
Can you identify with Martha? Driveness keeps you busy but doesn’t satisfy the longing of your heart. The longing to hear God’s proceeding word.
I believe in hard work but what is our motive in all the work we do? Martha’s motive was not a godly motive. How can we tell? Martha was upset, troubled, pulled away by many distractions and lacked peace on the inside.
Jesus went straight to the matter of her heart because He’s always concerned with the heart of the matter. He put in perspective what matters most. Choosing to sit at Jesus’ feet comes first, then serving. Martha struggled to find satisfaction in serving because she neglected the most important part.
Peace comes on the inside when you tune to God and hear Him. Rest comes. Joy Comes. Satisfaction comes. Gone is the frantic attempt to gain God’s approval.
“But instead we will remain strong and always sincere in our love as we express the truth. All our direction and ministries will flow from Christ and lead us deeper into him, the anointed Head of his body, the church.
For his “body” has been formed in his image and is closely joined together and constantly connected as one. And every member has been given divine gifts to contribute to the growth of all; and as these gifts operate effectively throughout the whole body, we are built up and made perfect in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16 TPT)
Finally, get all your direction that flows from Christ because you’ve been given divine gifts. May you find freedom in knowing you’re not skilled in all areas because God didn’t call you to do ALL things.
God gives you gifts so you can effectively serve others in the body of Christ without being worn to a frazzle. Paul found this out through experience. I think he was a type A personality but once God got his attention what awesome freedom he experienced.
Instead of being driven, how do you know what God’s called you to do? Hearing His voice is key. Without hearing His voice you’re left to flounder.
You can hear God through the written Word, the Bible and by His proceeding Word. Tune in to His frequency.