Ears That Hear
April 2013: A Word from Dr. Stanley
Many years ago, while reading Scripture, I came across a verse that stopped me: “Then David the king went and sat before the Lord” (2 Sam. 7:18).
In the context of the passage, God promises that the king’s family line will have a great future, and David goes before Him to express gratitude. But I felt those words were meant for me in that moment. I lingered on them awhile. David sat before the Lord.
I’d prayed a lot over the years, but had I truly sat before the Lord—in the quiet—simply listening to what He had to say? I realized I would need to change my approach to talking with Him. Taking Scripture at its word, I concluded that if God would speak to David about His life and future, then He would do the same for me.
Soon after, I decided to take my travel trailer to an area just outside of Atlanta. I wanted to spend time alone in the beauty of the great outdoors—just me in a peaceful place, longing to hear the voice of God.
I set up camp and then eventually sat down to do what I had come for. “I want You to show me as much as You’re willing to reveal about my future,” I told Him. “Please help me know how to set goals and make plans.”
I listened for a time. Then, God began to impress His thoughts upon my mind. I wrote down everything I sensed He was telling me, and what I heard that day continues to bear fruit in my life even now.
That day was a turning point for me, but what I want you to realize is that I’m not anyone special. If the Lord would speak to me in such a way, I believe He’ll speak to you as well.
Before you can obey God, you have to know what He says—not just in the Bible but also in times of prayer. While this will impact your personal life, to be sure, your local congregation and the worldwide church will be affected in ways you can’t imagine. I want to challenge you to spend time in God’s presence, as free of outside distractions as possible, with a heart willing to receive whatever He says.
What does He want you to do? Why don’t you ask Him?