Too often my children have said “Mom, did you hear me?” They know me well enough to know that if I am not looking at them, I probably have not heard them. Multi-tasking is not my gig! Eye contact with the person communicating with me is a must, or as the saying goes, “in one ear, out the other.”
Luke 11:28 says, “blessed are those who hear and obey the word of God.” Several months ago I was sitting in my office, “being still” before the Lord. I began to ask the Lord to speak to me, like really SPEAK! So there I sat, in the solitude of my office seeking my Lord, when I heard in my spirit “Deuteronomy 28.” My response was “huh?” Again, I heard the same thing. So I opened my Bible to this passage.
Read Deuteronomy 28:1-2. The Lord really began pouring into my spirit that what He really desires from me is not just to hear Him for hearing sake, but hearing for obedience sake. The Lord was calling me to a place of responsibility for His word. How many times, only the Lord knows, I have heard His word but took my eyes off Him, and “in one ear, out the other” cost me His blessings. The Word of the Lord will not return void....ever! If we don’t hear AND OBEY, the Lord will move on to someone else to pour out His blessings on! Oh Lord, let this not be so; make us obedient hearers for your Kingdom’s sake!
Our transformation in Christ is from the inside out. Input equals output. Our words, thoughts, and actions are a direct reflection of what is in our hearts. Keep your heart filled with God daily.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for growth in your desire to know and please Him. Ask Him to give you a greater love and commitment to Him. Ask Him for the grace to glorify Him in your life. Intercede on behalf of your local church, other churches, evangelism and discipleship ministries and other concerns you may have. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.