God Communicates His Desires

Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him.
–Genesis 17:3

When we pray, we often talk to God about the things we’re concerned about. But did you know God wants to talk to us about the things in our lives He’s concerned about? That’s why prayer is important. It’s not only a time for us to talk to God, but it’s also a time for God to communicate His desires to us.

Sometimes God wants to speak to us about sins we need to abandon. In Psalm 139:23–24, David prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” David was saying, “God, look into the inner recesses of my heart, and if there is anything displeasing to You, I’ll change it because I want to experience Your blessing in every area of my life.” When you ask God to show you anything in your life that is displeasing to Him, that’s one prayer He will always answer.

Sometimes God speaks to us about relationships we need to mend. Have you ever had this experience? You’re in church or reading your Bible, and all of a sudden, you think about somebody you’re having a conflict with. Try as you may, you can’t get that person out of your mind. I used to think that was Satan trying to interrupt my worship time. But I’ve realized that many times, it’s God speaking to me. God will speak to us about relationships–especially within the church–that need to be mended. Jesus said in Matthew 5:23–24, “If you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.” If there is a damaged relationship in your life, especially with another believer, God will often point that out to you.

Sometimes God speaks to us about commands we need to obey. We see a great illustration of this in the story of Abraham. Genesis 17:3 says, “Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him.” And one of the things God told Abraham was that He wanted Abraham’s family to be circumcised. Now, circumcision was a very unpleasant experience, especially in the days before anesthetics. How did Abraham respond to that command? Look at verse 26: “In the very same day Abraham was circumcised.” Abraham listened to what God said to him, and he obeyed immediately and without question. When we listen to God’s voice, He reveals His commands that we need to obey.

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “The God Who Speaks” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

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