Reminder: You may like to return to the previous blogs to refresh your heart on this discussion about Listening Prayer. For a printable overview, click here: https://docs.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://clearwaterfc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/1.-Hearing-the-Spirit-Five-Questions-2018.pdf&hl=en
We come now to the logical next question to put before the Lord in Listening Prayer. Let’s assume that the Lord has revealed His heart and will to you, and you have listened further for God’s confirmation from His Word and/or other Spirit-filled friends. And let’s further assume that when you asked the Lord why He spoke to your spirit the way He did, the answer involved an action to be taken. Now, it’s time to ask the fourth question: “Lord, when? When am I to act on Your prompting?”
Take a moment to assess the nature of what God spoke to you. It may be in one of these categories:
The sharing of such a “word” is a profound way we serve God flowing out of listening prayer. It is also the trickiest. Boy, we need to listen and confirm the prompting carefully before we attempt to deliver it. Both great good or great damage may result. Maturity in sharing a word is essential. Pride has no place here.
But now, assuming we have confirmation of the word God has directed us to share, the issue of timing is crucial. “Lord, when? If You are directing me to offer this prompting to others, please tell me when.”
POINT: Effective sharing of a “word from the Lord” is as much related to timing as it is to truth.
Next posting, I’ll give some compelling examples of how timing was essential to effective ministry. Be encouraged to know that out of the intimacy of listening prayer can come vital ministry to others.