“The Book of Acts,” Stan began, “again showed me something this morning that I found to be helpful.”
“What was that?” I asked.
“It concerns increasing the likelihood I will hear the Holy Spirit when He has something to say to me.”
“Sounds like that could be valuable,” I responded.
Continuing, Stan then said, “It had to do with a number of the prophets and teachers who were at the early church in Antioch.”
“And that relates to you?” I asked.
“Sure does,” Stan replied, and then added, “just about everything in the Bible has real practical application if I will only pay attention.”
Going on, Stan then said, “In the thirteenth chapter it says that while the prophets and teachers were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them.”
“Thus,” Stan said, “it struck me that I have a much greater likelihood of hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit if I am going about the Lord’s work.”
“If I am not focusing on what the Lord has for me to be and to do, but instead I am focusing on what I want to do apart from Him, the chances of my hearing the Holy Spirit are greatly diminished.”
“Then,” Stan said with a smile, “after I hear the Holy Spirit, the next step is to listen to Him!”
“And,” I added, “then comes the step of obeying.”
“Amen!” Stan concluded.
And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts of the Apostles 13:2.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want to speak to me through your Holy Spirit. Please forgive all of the times I fail and have failed to hear what He has to say to me because I was or am too busy focusing on what I want apart from you. Please open me to be who and what you intend so I will be in the position of better hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit. And, after I have heard, please help me in listening to and in obeying what He has spoken to me. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.