“I will listen to what God the LORD says.” – Psalm 85:8
It’s 3:42am. The Lord woke me up a few minutes ago. At first I wasn’t sure it was Him, so I tried to go back to sleep. However, the prompting was so strong that I finally rolled out of bed. Feeling as if He wanted me to write, I prayed, “Lord, show me what to say.”
After reading a few verses in the Bible, I sat down at my laptop and stared at the blank screen. I didn’t have an idea or a story. Yet, one word kept coming to my mind: “Listen.”
When it comes to hearing God, we must train our ears to recognize when He speaks to us. In John 10, Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd who calls his sheep by name and leads them. Verse 4 says, “His sheep follow him because they know his voice.”
God talks to us in a variety of ways, including through other people, circumstances in our lives, and in prayer. Most of the time, though, we “hear” Him through pages of Scripture. In order to discern God’s voice, we must read His Word. The Bible gives us insight into the Lord’s attributes so that we can understand what He is like. We also learn what it means to have relationship with Him. It’s through spending time in the Word that we come to know who God is.
The Lord has much to say to you during your Daniel Fast. Can you hear Him? Open your Bible each morning and ask God to give you a fresh word, something specific for that day. Pray the prayer that Samuel prayed when God beckoned him in the night, “Speak, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:10).” Hear the voice of the Lord. He’s calling you today.