Do you hear what others do not hear? Do you see what others do not see?
Or do you long to hear from God?
In 2 Kings 6:17 Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
In Genesis, Noah heard God tell him to build an ark. “Gen. 6:14 “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall 1cover it inside and out with pitch.” The directions were very detailed and his neighbors mocked him. But 6:22 says “Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”
Both of these examples required prayer and obedience.
Daily I hear of God’s speaking and leading in the lives of His children. Frequently God has spoken to others to share something with me, or do something for me, and I know their outreach has also required prayer and obedience, for I, too, was not always ready to hear, or ready to see what God had for me. Many times God has spoken to me as well, and honestly, sometimes I worry too much about what it might cost me if I follow what I hear through His prompting. I’ve been amazed, encouraged, comforted and more the times I’ve followed the Spirit’s leading and the times I did not obey, I regretted it, wondering what I’d missed.
A young lady approached me recently saying she wanted to hear from God too and hoped I could teach her. While no one can duplicate experiences God means for you alone, there are three principles I can share.
- 1. Open your heart to God’s will.
- 2. Pray for illumination in all senses, for yourself and for others as you read God’s Words. Ask is there anything I need to obey (do or stop doing) or any new truth/armor I need to ponder, believe or activate –(apply -put into practice.
- 3. Obey. Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading (always conforms to, never conflicts with, God’s Word)
Ken’s favorite song Open My Eyes, That I May See is a great prayer with those three essential principles that God never fails to answer:
Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
Open my mind, that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead.
The refrain is in our attitude or response to God’s Word:
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Os Hillman says, “Once we are obedient, God will allow us to see what others cannot see. It is the rite of passage for those who are willing to risk all for God’s purposes. God increases the spiritual senses to levels we never knew before. Those around us will observe this.
Do you want to see what others cannot see? If so, it will require a level of obedience that will go beyond human reason. It may require risk and ridicule from others. But you will see what others cannot see.”
That is my prayer for you today.