Dear ICEJ Prayer Partners
This week we have an encouraging word from David Parsons ICEJ’s Vice-President and Senior Spokesman reproduced below.
“Whenever we pray, we should be expecting answers. Sometimes it comes in the form of the Lord speaking back to us, or speaking through His word, or causing something to happen in response to our prayers. Other times we have to wait for the answer, and without faith and patience, we can become frustrated with the delay. This is when we start wondering whether He is hearing our prayers at all.
But God most certainly has no trouble hearing, and the problem usually is that we are the ones unable to hear Him. Thus, it is immensely important that the people of God be able to know and hear His voice and respond in obedience.
This became a major issue for Israel in the wilderness. The voice of God thundering from the mountain was too much for them, and even when He spoke through Moses, they often refused to listen. So, Moses said: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear…” (Deuteronomy 18:15)
As Christians, we believe this to be a prophetic reference to Jesus the Messiah, and the New Testament affirms as much. For instance, at the Transfiguration, a voice is heard from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Luke 9:35)
Jesus is clear about this vital point as well, saying: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)
Elsewhere, Jesus explains why it is so essential that we, his followers, learn to hear his voice. “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25)
The challenge is this, dear saints: If we are not able to hear the Lord’s voice while we are fully alive and awake, how will we hear the voice of His resurrection call when our bodies are laying lifeless in the ground?
By posing this question, it is not meant to spread doubt or fear. Rather, it is presented as a challenge to each one of us, that we earnestly seek to hear His voice better every single day. For by doing so, we can be assured that we will hear His voice on that great day when the dead in Christ will arise to everlasting life.
May the Lord “roar like a lion” in your life (Hosea 11:10).
Blessings from Zion!
David R. Parsons
Vice President & Senior Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem”
Do join with us in prayer this coming Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 8 pm at CT Hub.
Jehu and Christine
ICEJ Branch (Singapore)