Pray–Listen–Obey

“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication.”

Ephesians 6:18

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“Do not be afraid—I am with you.” We read these words over and over again through-out scripture. But, I actually heard them! I had been struggling with a health issue for a few months; it was now time to go have the test that would show exactly what was going on. Ole-sloo-foot had me convinced that the outcome would not be good. Everything that I did during these past few months was tainted with fear. I seemed to be helpless to overcome it. Satan had slipped in a crack in my armor.

During this time of my struggle, God never left me. He was true to His promise that He would be with me always even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20) But, I was so controlled by fear that I could not hear His still, small voice. The Psalmist cries out, “O that today you would listen to his voice!” (95:7b) And, finally God got my attention!

The night before going for my test I heard a quiet voice saying, “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” I sat up and took notice, but still that “fear” kept niggling at the back of my mind. “What if we get caught in traffic?” I thought. “What if we cannot find the right building?” fear said to me. “What if we are late and cannot have the test?” the attacks kept coming.

Again next morning I heard the quiet voice again “DO NOT BE AFRAID—I AM WITH YOU” This time, every time “fear” started to erupt, I heard the words of the Father assuring me that He would lead us through the maze that lie ahead. Confidence began to eradicate fear. The battle was about to be won!

Through-out the day we were guided from one place to another. The Lord God placed caring and helpful people before us, and He gave us confidence and wisdom to ask the right questions to help us find our way. Oh, and the test? It wasn’t a death sentence—as “fear” wanted me to believe—but, it was a light in the darkness, and a sign of hope.

When facing uncertainty put your eyes upon Jesus. Open up your heart to your Creator and Savior, tell Him your problems. But, also be quiet and listen for God will answer your prayers. Then, however, there is one more step, you must obey what you hear. The Father will never tell you something that is not for your good. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you,” He says. God is not the author of fear. When you walk in the Spirit of the Lord, there is peace. (John 14:27)

Father, keep me safe beneath your wings. May I always come to you for guidance. Let me listen and obey Your still, small voice. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

“The Lord loves those who hate evil. He guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 97:10

 

THANKS BE TO GOD!

 

2 Cor. 12:9   Daniel 7:25   2 Cor. 2:11   Eph. 6:10, 11

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Betty Beach-Connell

Retired UM pastor now author. I have published 2 books--Embracing The Call (God will take you to places you never imagined) and Through the Storm ("Medications" for the soul). You may visit and read more about me on my web site RevBetty.com.

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