Devotional for Day 30 – September 30, 2013
(Name withheld due to security reasons) Team Expansion, Asia
We know that He hears us.
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15 ESV)
A Chinese hymn says, “Softly, softly listening. He is softly, softly listening. My Shepherd knows my voice.”
Our Shepherd is bending down to his lamb, our Dad leaning in to hear His child’s requests. He focuses His attention on us. No static obscures our voice. We don’t need to shout. As we ask according to His will, our Heavenly Father hears us.
The hymn continues, “Softly, softly, listen. I will softly, softly listen. I turn my ear to hear my Lord’s voice.”
We quietly tune our hearts into the whispers of Scripture that the Spirit has breathed. This allows us to move into the place of praying “according to His will”. We can pray confidently using God’s own words, raising the souls of those He has laid on our hearts – though we may never have seen their faces – to the throne.
“He is the Great Shepherd, the Lord of Life. My whole life I will follow my Lord’s voice.” The hymn rises to this triumphant conclusion.
The One we petition is no tin pot ruler, no wizard of tricks, but the Author of Life in whom all things hold together. We can fully rely on His ability, confident that “we have the requests we have asked of Him”. We have been given a blank check on an unlimited account. Corrupt national systems beyond His power to change. Ask big. He hears. He answers.
Pray this Prayer:
Heavenly Father, Great Shepherd of the sheep, we thank You for hearing us. Please guide us now to pray according to Your will. Please bring in the sheep still outside Your fold. Jesus gave His life for them, that they may also follow Your voice. You are well able to do this. We praise You for hearing and answering these prayers, which we bring in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Continue in prayer using the 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.