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“THE ART OF LISTENING PRAYER.” PART 3

“THE ART OF LISTENING PRAYER.” PART 3

Seven times in Revelation 2-3, Jesus urges those who have the spiritual capacity to hear, “. . . let him hear!” Yes, you as a Spirit-indwelt Christian have been provided “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.” Check it out:

John 16:13-15. 13But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.  14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.  15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”

When God created us in the beginning, He breathed into inert clay the breath of life. This included spiritual capacities that reflect and correspond to the image of our Creator. God is a relational Being, so we have features in us that match up to His image and likeness. For instance, God thinks, speaks, hears, feels, loves, and creates. And so, in a finite way, we were made for God, and like God, to respond to Him with our thoughts, words, feelings, and deeds.

But the first man blew it! Falling into sin, Adam passed on to the human race a fallen nature. Paul describes the rebellious souls of lost men in these words: “. . . their foolish heart was darkened.” Romans 1:21-22. And he further said, “They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts.” Ephesians  4:18. They have physical ears that are deaf to the Spirit.

But let’s thank the Lord that He is both the Creator AND the Re-Creator!

Initially, the Holy Spirit moves on the hearts of lost people through the Gospel, opening up the possibility for them to hear God, turn to Him in faith, and be saved. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God through proclaimers like you and me. Romans 10:17.

And when we are “born again,” that is, born of the Spirit, we are “re-created.” We are regenerated by the Spirit Who comes to indwell our hearts forever. Jesus call Him the Spirit of Truth. He said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, . . . you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17.

And the indwelling Spirit, Paul stresses, talks to our human spirit. Romans 8:16-17. “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”

This lays the foundation for answering the question, “What does God sound like?”

In the next posting, I will share a range of ways the Spirit speaks to our hearts. Be encouraged. You can grow in the art of listening prayer.

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