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Hearing from God – Praise and Worship Dimension

English: Elisha raising the Shunammites Son

English: Elisha raising the Shunammites Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Praise and worship is very important for anyone who wants to hear God. God can talk to anyone at any time but for those who are in a relationship with him, who desire to hear him in their situations and circumstance, worship makes the presence of God available in a unique way.

Praise and worship moves God in a special way; the scripture tells us of how Elisha used it. It says, And Elisha said, “As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, surely were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you, nor see you. But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him. And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’And this is a simple matter in the sight of the Lord; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand.” 2 Kings 3:14-18 (NKJV) Worship gave Elisha access to the presence of God, where God spoke to him concerning Israel’s predicament.

We can never force God to talk to us, it is his prerogative to speak or keep quiet.  However, he is interested in telling his children what he wants to do. He can tell us things about ourselves, our community or nation. The scripture says,

Amos 3:7 says “Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets” (NIV). God can tell his friends anything and may instruct them on what to do. In atmosphere of praise and worship, God can manifest his presence, speak to people and manifest his power in various other ways. The experience of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:25-26 is an example.

The Lord told me many times of some things he wanted to do or would do; many of them had no immediate application to me, some of them were about my community and even about other nations. Please be aware that God respects people privacy. He will not tell you about people’s private lives except if it is absolutely essential. “Breaking into people’s private lives” spiritually has dire consequences.

But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” Acts 16:25-26 (NKJV).

Our lives should be full of worship. You can do it with singing, meditation, praise and gratitude, a mind full of the thoughts of God. You can listen to praise and worship songs. You can dance before the Lord in your closet. Your confession should be full of praise to God.

Your prayer should not just be asking God for blessings. A good portion of your prayer time should be devoted to praise. You may come to a time when your life will be full of praises to God, by day and by night. There is a call to worship and praise God and I encourage you to join now.

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God,
And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.” Psalm 95: 1-7 (NKJV)

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Hearing from God – Prayer Dimension (Spiritual Warfare)

Figures 047 The Lord Appears to Moses in a Bur...

Figures 047 The Lord Appears to Moses in a Burning Bush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am sure you are interested in hearing from God or a least you want to find out few things about it.  You are not the only “person” who is interested in your interest to hear from God. So please pay attention, this post is very important.

In Genesis 3:1 the scripture says “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? ” (NIV)

The devil is interested in your quest to hear from God and in what God tells you. Also the scripture says in Luke 4:9-12 “The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (NIV) The devil is interested in what God says to you because he wants to manipulate it and wrestle it from your hand.

Other people may not care about whatever God says to you especially if they want you to remain ordinary. If what you said God told you might cause them to lose any part of their power or control over you, they will oppose it. Let us see some examples: Exodus 5:1-2, says, “Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.’” Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go.” (NIV). It took a lot of spiritual warfare to make Pharaoh obey God and let Israel go out of Egypt.

2 Kings 7:1-2 says, “Elisha replied, “Hear the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord says: About this time tomorrow, a seahof the finest flour will sell for a shekel and two seahsof barley for a shekel at the gate of Samaria.” The officer on whose arm the king was leaning said to the man of God, “Look, even if the Lord should open the floodgates of the heavens, could this happen?” “You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha, “but you will not eat any of it!” (NIV). The man in this scripture felt he was an authority and only the things that he forecasts should be taken seriously. He does not have any respect for God or his word. His comments provoked Elisha and he pronounced punishment upon him.

If you desire to hear from God, you must be prepared to pray. Some of the things prayers will do for you are:

  1. It will remove every clog on your way that can hinder you from hearing from God.
  2. Prayer will sharpen your perception and make you more excited at what God is saying.
  3. Prayers will help you with the strength to obey what God has told to do.
  4. Hearing God could become a spiritual warfare like we have read in the scripture earlier. The devil and his agents will oppose you; they are not interested in seeing the will of God done. I have seen this happen severally and the only way to prevail is through prayer.

It is spiritual blindness if anyone does not want to hear from God and actually, the devil likes it. It exposes people to greater danger and opens the gate for oppression, stagnation and slavery. It promotes a dry life and all manners of evil. I am sure you don’t want any of those.

Commit yourself to praying effectively as a Christian. You can really enjoy your Christian life if you make up your mind to pray constantly.

 

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