Today’s devotion was shared by Summit Student Pastor, Adam Dorband.
A Bold Prayer (Speak Lord for your servant is listening)
A renowned opera singer had mysteriously lost his ability to hit certain notes, even though those notes were well within his vocal range. He had been to other specialists all of whom though it was a vocal problem. Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis thought otherwise.
Using a Sonometer, he discovered that even an average opera singer produces a volume of 140 decibels when standing 3 feet away from them. This is louder than a military jet taking off from an aircraft carrier! And the sound is even louder inside one’s skull. That discovery led to a diagnosis. The opera singer had been deafened by the sound of his own voice. Selective muteness was caused by selective deafness
If you can’t hear a note, you can’t sing that note. Dr. Tomatis said, “the voice can only reproduce what the ear can hear!” The French Academy of Medicine dubbed this “The Tomitas effect.”
I’m guessing you, like me, have problems and maybe your not always awesome at solving your problems. I’m wondering if maybe its because we are treating symptoms while ignoring the root cause, a spiritual Tomatis Effect.
Is it possible that what we perceive to be relational, spiritual & emotional problems are actually hearing problems? What if our ears have been deafened to the voice of God and its our inability to perceive his voice that is showing up as all sorts of problems?
Learning to hear the voice of God is the solution to a thousand problems!
His voice is love
His voice is power
His voice is healing
His voice is joy
Is God’s voice the loudest voice in your life?
Do you even know his voice?
Jesus said this in John 10
1“Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
When you really know someone you know their voice!
When you know Jesus you will know his voice!
If Jesus says we will know his voice then clearly he must be speaking!
In vs 4 said his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
I fear that many of us don’t do a great job at following Jesus because we don’t actually hear his voice! Why not? Well there’s lots of possible reasons, one being spiritual deafness, but I have learned that: God often speaks loudest when we are quietest.
The problem is many of us are never really quiet- there is always noise all around us, our world is so loud that sometimes God is speaking and we don’t even hear him!
There’s a famous story in the Bible where Elijah is needing to hear from God…
1 Kings 19:11 And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And a voice said…
Maybe God speaks in the whisper because he wants to be close to you.
Think about when someone is whispering. In order to hear them you have to get your ear right up by their mouth. You have to get close to that person and God wants to be close to us, so maybe he is whispering simply because he wants us to get closer!
Would you be willing to pray a bold prayer?
Warning– You have to be willing to listen to everything he has to say, otherwise you won’t hear anything he has to say. Here’s as seven word prayer that Samuel prayed and that I challenge you to pray every day in 2018!
“Speak Lord for your servant is listening”- 1 Samuel 3:10
Pray that every day and mean it and get ready for your relationship with God to go to the next level! Like Samuel, if we will expect God to speak to us he will!
I believe many of the problems that we have are a result of our hearing problems- we need to learn to hear God’s voice and be intentional to listen to his voice.
7 Ways We Hear from God
•From the book Whisper by Mark Batterson
Scripture – Scripture is the primary way God provides His voice to His people.
Within the scriptures the following sources can be found:
Desires – If you are living by faith and in obedience; delighting yourself in the Lord, God can lead you through your desires.
Doors – Doors will open and close – those actions are a packaged deal. You can’t pray for one and not receive the other.
Dreams – The ability to envision the future and to dream about what tomorrow could look like is part of the image of God.
People – God uses trusted voices in prophetic ways to say the right things at the right times.
Promptings – When things line up in a way that’s providential over coincidental – you’re taking a cue from the spirit of God.
Pain – People can refrain from scripture by choosing not to read the Bible, but pain can’t be ignored. Sometimes it’s the only way to learn the lessons God is wanting to teach.
….I would add- Nature!
Theses are the ways God spoke to people in the Bible & it never says that he no longer speaks. So I am trusting that he is still speaking!
I just need to listen & pray the bold prayer, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening” and then get quiet enough & close enough to actually hear him!
Today as we pray lets spend some time listening as well!