How does God speak to you? - From My Prayer Closet

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How does God speak to you? – From My Prayer Closet

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

My trials are far from over but I am inching back into my Prayer Closet with the same passion and love for my God as before, may be even better. My visits to the prayer room have been sporadic and my prayer times inconsistent and irregular. I believe in time set aside specifically for prayer and for me that believes and knows that I have been called to uplift nations, governments and communities in prayer, my prayer life is more than just casual interaction with God. It is worship, listening, talking, lamenting and a lot of intercession. When I am not able to do some of these things, my spirit witnesses to me that I need to remember where the ‘axe head fell’. It is not a routine or an obsession, it is the life God has called me to lead.

As I step back into the Prayer Closet I am reminded of the above scripture from Jeremiah 33:3; It prompted the question in my heading, “How does God speak to you?” I have read many books and listened to messages about knowing God’s voice. A recent book I have been reading by Dr Charles Stanley talks about knowing God’s voice and also how He speaks. Dr Charles looks at the ways God spoke to His children in the Old Testament and then takes us to the New Testament where he talks about how God speaks to His children in the present day.

I have noticed that Dr Charles does not list dreams as one way through which God speaks to His children currently. I believe he has his reasons for leaving out dreams. I am, however, a firm believer that God speaks to His children as much in dreams today as he did in the Old Testament. Even in the New Testament we have so many illustrations of God speaking to people through dreams; to Joseph about Mary being pregnant, then again to him about fleeing to Egypt with the child, Jesus. God spoke to the men from the East about not going back to Herod to tell him about the place where the newly born King of the Jews was through a dream. Peter’s vision about the common and unclean things or foods is a dream as far as I see it (Acts 10:10-14). There are several other accounts in there.

But, why am I zeroing in on God speaking to us through dreams? For so many years God has often spoken to me through dreams but skeptic that I was, I ignored many things and dismissed them just as dreams. But over the years as I began to take heed, I began to see a pattern in my dreams as it related to my life in reality. God was clearly showing me a lot of things that should and would happen through dreams and other ways, but I had to pay particular attention to these dreams.

When God says call unto me; it is expressly related to prayer. There is no way that we as Christians are going to call to God if it is not prayer because prayer as we already know it is talking with God. When we call, we must know whom we are calling, we cannot just call blindly to anyone and expect God to hear us. He says to call unto Him.

‘I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” The purpose for calling on God is that he may lead and guide us. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. If we do not know the way, we cannot go anywhere, if we do not know the truth, we cannot know anything and if we do not have the life we would not be living. God in Jeremiah 33 implies that when we call unto him, He is capable of showing us Jesus Christ and other things that pertain to our lives. Some of these things he shows us in dreams.

I am very grateful to God for all the things he shows me through dreams. Over and over again he has prepared me for events that would have been so trying. None of the circumstances my family and I have faced have come as a surprise to me. Fortunately for me, I have a husband I share a lot of these dreams with as soon as I have had them and together we look back at the dreams when things come to pass and we rejoice knowing that higher hands are leading us.

In my hub about the joy of journaling, I note that journaling our prayer lives will surprisingly reveal God’s hand in our lives in a way that we are not capable of recollecting on our own. I journal my dreams in the same way I journal my Prayer life. When I look back at dreams that have come to pass in precise details, how can I possibly doubt that God speaks to me through dreams? Watch those dreams and give them to the Father because He will show you great and mighty things through them too. He will almost certainly show you a road map that no one could draw for you. Ask for a discerning spirit to distinguish dreams with a message and mere hallucinations.

 As you go into your Prayer Closet, do not limit God because of what people may be saying or what they believe. Let God guide you every step of the way and you will have no reason to be ashamed. There is a lot to be discovered that only God can show us, do not be timid.

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gary 3 years ago

My experience with Baptist/evangelical theology can best be described as a wild Roller Coaster ride: a lot of great psychological, emotional, and spiritual highs and a lot of deep psychological, emotional, and spiritual lows. Why?

In Baptist/evangelical theology, your Justification and your Sanctification---your essence as a follower of Christ...if you boil it all really dependent on you and your feelings. Your salvation is based on you performing an action: making the correct decision… for Christ. And your assurance of salvation is based on you maintaining a sufficient level of feeling Christ’s presence within you that confirms that your previous “decision for Christ” was done correctly and sincerely. Why else would so many Baptists and evangelicals report having multiple “born again” experiences?

Do I feel saved? Do I feel I really repented in my born again experience? Do I feel that I truly had faith when I made a decision for Christ; when I prayed a version of the Sinner's Prayer? If I am really saved, why do I feel at times that my faith is so weak? Maybe I need to do the born again experience again; maybe I need to pray the Sinner's Prayer again, just to be 100% sure that I am saved. I want to know without any doubt that I am saved, and if I do not feel saved, I begin to doubt my salvation.

Baptist/evangelical theology tells me that I will always feel Christ's presence and strength inside me...if I am a true believer. But what if I don't feel him there sometimes? If it is true that I should always be able to hear God speak to me, in an inner voice or feel his inner presence move me/lead me to do his will, what is going on when I don't hear anything or feel anything? Have I committed some unknown sin and he is refusing to hear me? Or is the reason that I don't hear or feel him present within me... is because I'm not really saved!

I was so incredibly happy to find orthodox (confessional) Lutheranism and find out that my feelings have nothing to do with my Justification, my salvation, nor with my Sanctification, my walk with my Savior and Lord! My salvation was accomplished 100% by God. He placed the free gift of salvation in my "lap" before I even considered asking for it. He wrapped me in the "blanket" of salvation without my assistance. I am God's by his choice, not mine!

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