The Word of the Lord when spoken through our lips in prayer changes people, circumstances, even nations. Psalms 29 says:
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the many (great) waters . The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon … The voice of the Lord splits and flashes forth forked lightning. The voice of the Lord makes the wilderness tremble … The voice of the Lord makes the hind bring forth their young, and His voice strips bare the forests, while in His temple Everyone is saying, Glory … The Lord will give (unyielding and impenetrable ) strength to His people; the Lords will bless His people with peace. (Verses 3-5, 7-9, 11 Amp.)
Notice the last verse. It says God will give us strength and peace. How? By His voice!
When we hear the voice of the Lord, it changes us on the inside. It dispels our fears and causes faith to rise up in our hearts (Romans 10:17). The voice of the Lord also changes us on the outside. It causes us to talk differently and act differently.
If you read through the Bible and note the times it says God spoke or the Lord said, you’ll find that when God speaks, it sets men in motion.
Take the life of Noah, for example. Hebrews 11:7 says that “Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an Ark to the saving of his house.” When Noah heard the voice of the Lord, he didn’t just sit around saying, “Wow, isn’t that wonderful? I heard God!”No, he started moving. He started building an Ark.
The same thing will be true for us as we start this fall. The voice of the Lord will set us in motion. It’s going to cause us to change inside and out! It’s going to prepare us for the coming of the Lord!
However for the voice of the Lord to do those things for us, we must be able to hear it! And for us; to hear it, we must make ourselves available to Him. We must take some time each day and give him our undivided attention.
I know Christians who think they’re too busy to do that. They might say, “Well, I’m in the ministry. I’m helping people day and night. The Lord just has to talk to me as I go. God addressed that kind of attitude in Isaiah 30 when He said to the Israelites:
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: in returning (to Me) and resting (in Me) you shall be saved; in quietness and in (trusting) confidence shall be your strength. But you would not, And you said, No! We will speed (our own course) on horses! Therefore you will speed (in flight from your enemies)! You said, We will ride upon swift steeds (doing our own way!) Therefore will they who pursue you be swift… Blessed… are all those who (earnestly) wait for the Lord… (Isaiah 30:15, 16, 18 Amp.)
Over the years, I’ve noticed that those who don’t take time to wait on the Lord aren’t able to hear His voice very distinctly. And, as a result, they make mistakes and Satan takes advantage of them.
A word for Today: "Be A Better Teacher"
I once heard it said, “Be a Teacher and Be a Hero.” When it comes to examining the Bible for keys to supernatural increase, this phrase is very clear, Be a Teacher. Be a Success.” Great leaders don’t hide in ivory towers plotting strategy. They teach by instilling in those around them their ideas and values. This is the approach Jesus demonstrated. He was often called “Rabbi,” which simply means teacher. His effectiveness is evidenced by the success of His pupils. “Be a Teacher!”