The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV)
God’s voice was most audible through Jesus on earth. Today, generally, we hear God’s word through the Bible, other people and our own consciences. We read or study the Bible in small groups or on our own. God speaks to us through pastors, missionaries, friends and others. He communicates with us through the Holy Spirit when things are weighing heavy on our hearts as well as when we are joyful. He speaks to others through us.
Whether my prayer is audible or within the confines of my own heart and mind, He hears me—always. Experience has taught me that not receiving an answer immediately does not mean “no” but more likely “not right now” and to be still and wait on Him for divine guidance. It is said that some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. I have to ask, “Are they truly unanswered after all?”
My prayer is to hear God’s calling in whatever manner it is presented to me and to be confident in my understanding of His message and will. I am thankful for God’s patience with me when I do not understand, and for His persistence with me in turning my attention to Him.
Speak to me Lord, for I am listening.
Heavenly Father, we want to hear you—always—and take your lead. Thank you for the gifts of Your word, Your Son through whom we have a relationship with You and for the Holy Spirit who speaks to us through Your word, guiding us to Your truth. May we be ever mindful of You in each of Your presences. In Jesus’ name. Amen
© 2013 Atalie Shackelford