The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.
Do our prayers sometimes go wrong because we insist on trying to talk to God when He wants to talk to us?
We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. (…) There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.
Human beings cannot probe the mind of God by asking themselves what they would do if they were God. They are men and not God. And if they are virtuous men, they will wait for God to reveal himself under conditions of his own choosing.
But what I would like to say is that the spiritual life is a life in which you gradually learn to listen to a voice that says something else, that says, “You are the beloved and on you my favour rests.”… I want you to hear that voice. It is not a very loud voice because it is an intimate voice. It comes from a very deep place. It is soft and gentle. I want you to gradually hear that voice. We both have to hear that voice and to claim for ourselves that that voice speaks the truth, our truth. It tells us who we are. That is where the spiritual life starts – by claiming the voice that calls us the beloved.
Communication with God – prayer – is a two-way conversation! It is not just the voice of praise and petitions, but often communion . Sitting in silence with God, listening for whatever He may want to say. Simply enjoy the fact that He is, and you are, and you have a relationship with Him. These special moments with God are when His fresh breezes can enter your heart and refresh you.
When the Spirit, the word and the providence of God agree we can be quite certain that the Lord is leading us, for these three always agree and are in harmony and cannot disagree.
Waiting on God prepares for greater blessing. God has greater plans than you have realized. Prayer has one function, and that is to answer ‘Yes’ when He knocks, to open the soul and give Him the opportunity to bring us the answer.
To advance further along the spiritual road, we must surrender control, become receptive and have the humility to be led.
Some read the Bible to learn and some read the Bible to hear from heaven.