Where are we going? I am clarifying five questions in Listening Prayer. By the second question, “Lord, really?”, we wait on the Lord for clarify, completion, and confirmation. Again, for a quick, one-page printable overview of all five questions,
scroll down to David Niquette on our website, https://clearwaterfc.org/ . Click onthe “Go Deeper” button and then choose drawer number 4 to read “Hearing the Spirit: Five Questions to Ask the Lord.”
The Lord does not mind if we find it necessary to ask Him for confirmation of what we “think” we’ve heard Him speaking to our spirit, so long as we ask in faith. Here is biblical support for confirmation.
Gideon may have felt like it was a big risk – to question God, challenging Him to confirm His word. But it was reasonable and acceptable to God to be asked to make His communication to this judge of Israel absolutely clear. After all, Gideon was being asked to move from threshing the crop to thrashing the Midianites. And God’s plan was to be so radical, so unconventional, that this young man required absolute, positive proof that this was God speaking.
He had to know! And God did it! He gave Gideon confirmation. Twice! Wet ground – dry fleece. Wet fleece – dry ground. And the Lord didn’t rebuke Gideon for asking.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22, Paul instructs us, “Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.
At Clearwater Church, we have resolved to operate on the basis of this value:
“Lord, if You speak clearly, we will obey courageously!”
That resolve is on the lips of every partner in ministry here. But we caution ourselves: “Team, we must not rush the first part! So together let’s ask, and wait for both clarification and confirmation.” Yes, together. We share the listening process, until it can be said that “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16b). We trust the Holy Spirit in one another, walking in humility and faith together.
Admittedly, in the contemporary church scene, this is a radical alternative of governance. It lifts Jesus to the highest place, as Head of the Church. We listen, confirm, and obey to His clear direction. The Holy Spirit is the resident truth teacher, and He is not divided. If we ask and wait on Him, we find an amazing consensus that has all the earmarks of unity, wisdom, love, and renewal. Yes, that’s true.
Be encouraged. The waiting is its own value. The answer when it comes is so very life-giving and full of peace. Listening prayer brings the King fully to the throne of any church “embassy.”