Would You Hear From God?

Michael Beck

David advocated that we continually seek God. “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.” (1 Chron. 16:11) But he also knew there were specific, special times when the Lord urges to prayer. “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)

God does not call anyone to seek Him in vain. “I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain …” (Isa. 45:19) He wants us to seek Him because there is something He wants to give us. The natural man does not receive from God because He does not bother to seek from Him. What God would say to him is folly. (1 Cor. 2:14) He moves according to his own natural instincts and desires.

Before we hear from God we must want to hear from God. David had that desire. In the same psalm he wrote: “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

David was willing to get God’s instruction. He wanted God to order His steps. He didn’t want to go and do without receiving counsel from God. When a decision had to be made, He wanted to be sure God was not left out of it. Therefore, he “enquired” of the Lord.

Jesus said we should pray always. One of the largest ways God wants us to pray is in asking Him for wisdom. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)

How often do we need to pray about something? For life to be successful it requires constant prayer. If we say we are going to “pray about” something, we need to seriously set our face toward God, believing that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We need to believe that those who ask will receive and those who seek will find. We must want His answer and be unwilling to act until we get it.

God looks down from heaven and sees who is seeking Him and who is not. He knows when His “phone is ringing” and when it is silent. He knows those who are serious about hearing from Him and those who are off and running without Him.

Who will you be? Will you be one who seeks His face? Will you enquire in His temple? Will you pray always? Will you wait on Him for direction? His input in your life will be the difference between failure and success.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.