God Wants To Engage In Communication With You When You Pray, Not Merely Receive Information & Instructions From You.
“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” Acts 13:2 (KJV)
One of the errors of believers is to turn prayer into a one-way channel of information, where you talk and talk and talk without receiving feedback. That is not communication. That is complaining. Yes, when you go to God, you should feel free to pour out your heart to Him; but that is not all there is to prayer. God wants to engage in communication with you, not merely receive information from you.
When you get up to pray, take a jotter and a pen and get ready to receive instruction from God. God still speaks today and wants to speak to you. He wants to guide you. He wants to direct you. He wants you to have advance information on the things that are coming your way. This does not mean that God will thunder from heaven to you. No, it might just be a witness in your spirit. It might be a word from a friend. It might be a word from the chorister that God will use to speak to you, but you must be prepared to listen.
In the scripture above, the apostles gathered together to fast and pray. Notice that they were not fasting and praying because they wanted to send forth Barnabas and Saul, but as they prayed, God spoke and they were quick to obey. That brings me to the next point; when God speaks, don’t just write it down and forget it. Be quick to obey His word. No matter what the instruction is, be ready to obey. Your obedience will actually make you more sensitive to God because the more you obey, the more He will speak to you. When you write down the word, read it over and over again, and ensure you obey it to the letter.
God does not waste His resources; if He speaks to you today and you do nothing with it, why would He speak to you tomorrow? If you want to enjoy a rich relationship with God, then be prepared to listen and obey every instruction from His mouth, and I guarantee you that you will testify in Jesus name.
Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
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