Knowing God Through Word and Prayer
“They have done nothing to strengthen the break in the walls around the nation. They have not helped it to stand firm in battle on the day of the Lord. Instead they have lied and said, ‘My message is from the Lord’.” (Ezekiel 13:5-6)
“Yet faith comes from listening to this message of good news – the Good News about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
Truth or lie? Of the world or of the Spirit? It seems we live in a world where it is hard to see a clear cut line between what is of God and what is not. The walls that separate the two are crumbling. Yet we have all the strength and guidance we need before us.
Scripture clearly says, ‘no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit’. Therefore, strength and guidance come from God’s Spirit. Reading further, ‘God has actually given us his Spirit so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us’. Then why is it, that many have crumbling walls and fail to see the truth against the lies? Simply because one trusts in man first rather than God.
Let us be sure that our nourishment helps us to ‘stand firm in the battle of the Lord’. Listening to a sermon or reading a devotional is not the starting point of this nourishment. Although they can have great value, there are two greater sources (bearing in mind that each source leads to Christ, our real life giving nourishment).
The first is pray, a continuous fellowship with Christ. Pray in the Spirit leads us to God’s will. Refreshing strength wells up from within, peace floods down upon us. ‘The prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results’. Simple faith and trust starts with constant prayer, trusting in God not man. The second source is by no means separate from pray. Scripture is ‘inspired by God’ and ‘is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equiped for every good thing God wants us to do’. We know scripture is truth!
We don’t need to search through books, or follow men to know that. God gave us the scriptures to show His Glory, to strengthen and guide us. Why then do we rely on others for a word from God?
Does that mean we ignore what men say? There are many who share Spirit filled words, words inspired by God. Yet, there are many who share only lies and wickedness. Here is where the danger lies, which to listen to? Pray and scripture are definite, we don’t have to question the source of their life. The prophesy of Ezekiel, reveals an important lesson. A message from the Lord, always strengthens the break in the walls! A message from the Lord helps us to stand firm in battle on the day of the Lord. Does the message you receive help you to stand firm and provide life-giving nourishment?
For ‘faith does come from listening to this message of good news’. Let us not neglect the inspired words of scripture that God provides. We do get strength from others, but it should never be at the expensive of pray and God’s Word. We too will then shout as the Psalmist, ‘I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?’