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April 2013: A Word from Dr. Stanley

 

Many years ago, while reading Scripture, I came across a verse that stopped me: “Then David the king went and sat before the Lord” (2 Sam. 7:18).

In the context of the passage, God promises that the king’s family line will have a great future, and David goes before Him to express gratitude. But I felt those words were meant for me in that moment. I lingered on them awhile. David sat before the Lord.

I’d prayed a lot over the years, but had I truly sat before the Lord—in the quiet—simply listening to what He had to say? I realized I would need to change my approach to talking with Him. Taking Scripture at its word, I concluded that if God would speak to David about His life and future, then He would do the same for me.

Soon after, I decided to take my travel trailer to an area just outside of Atlanta. I wanted to spend time alone in the beauty of the great outdoors—just me in a peaceful place, longing to hear the voice of God.

I set up camp and then eventually sat down to do what I had come for. “I want You to show me as much as You’re willing to reveal about my future,” I told Him. “Please help me know how to set goals and make plans.”

I listened for a time. Then, God began to impress His thoughts upon my mind. I wrote down everything I sensed He was telling me, and what I heard that day continues to bear fruit in my life even now.

That day was a turning point for me, but what I want you to realize is that I’m not anyone special. If the Lord would speak to me in such a way, I believe He’ll speak to you as well.

Before you can obey God, you have to know what He says—not just in the Bible but also in times of prayer. While this will impact your personal life, to be sure, your local congregation and the worldwide church will be affected in ways you can’t imagine. I want to challenge you to spend time in God’s presence, as free of outside distractions as possible, with a heart willing to receive whatever He says.

What does He want you to do? Why don’t you ask Him?

Copyright 2014 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.


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  • April 28, 2013 12:41 AM

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    I believe that God will listen to those who pray and call upon Him.
  • April 27, 2013 03:02 PM

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    Your words of truth of God's ways about Him in hearing His voice is a beautiful journey I have been blessed with. Over thirteen years of journaling with the Lord and with a promise to the Lord's request that I reveal His messages to all His people of the Universe through my writings, I forwarded His Truths through this first book "The Wonder of Grace", Halina B. Slowik.

    It is a message of profound beauty of God's desire and wish upon all His people of the Universe to know of His great Love for all humanity, and His call to all to open your heart, mind and soul to follow Him in prayer, peace, love and foregiveness.

    Thank you for all your very beautiful and inspirational books. God Bless you.

    Halina Slowik
  • April 13, 2013 09:23 AM

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    Thank you for a very enlighting message
  • April 12, 2013 02:01 PM

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    But god doesn't speak to me; I prayed and prayed for his prsence and instruction.Why is God not speaking to me.
  • April 12, 2013 09:23 AM

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    Thank God for your kind word, from God . You are a blessing from GOD.
  • April 11, 2013 03:35 AM

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    Thankyou for this very special message. Very encouraging. May our Almighty Lord Bless you and keep you well in doing this Great work
  • April 10, 2013 01:31 AM

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    You are truly a blessing!!!...Tnx for your inspiring messages. Thank God for a wonderful teacher like you n Pray God for your good health.Love you.
  • April 08, 2013 10:38 AM

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    Dr.Stanley your such a very good encourager, God bless you and your ministry.
  • April 07, 2013 10:31 PM

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    thank you so much for all the wonderful words you speak about how much we mean to the lord
  • April 07, 2013 09:50 AM

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    I'm listening lord jesus
  • April 06, 2013 01:21 AM

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    Thank you, Dr. Stanley, for all the extremely helpful resources that you've provided. They have been a very great help to me! GOD Bless you and Intouch Ministries!
  • April 05, 2013 06:44 PM

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    Praise God for His wonderful message. i am blessed by reading the message. Sometimes i am focused on praying and forget to listen to God. thank you for reminding me. may God continue to bless you and your ministry.
  • April 04, 2013 10:04 PM

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    Thanks for the reminder. I get so caught up in prayer sometimes that I forget to allow time to listen. May God continue to bless your life for impacting mine.
  • April 04, 2013 09:32 AM

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    Thank you,that was a good message for my spirit..This is a new walk for me,and i need all the words of encouragement i can asorb.
  • April 03, 2013 09:51 AM

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    I'm going thru a dark time & I cry out to God for guidence. I know HE hears my prayers & will answer these prayers on HIS time-line. I will try to listen more and be patient. Thank you for this reminder.
  • April 02, 2013 05:20 PM

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    Thank you so much fior the directional in my spritual journey. I am a catholic but for so many years but it is thru this that i do my bible study.
  • April 02, 2013 07:57 AM

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    I can understand this. It seems that sometimes when I pray, I spend more time talking and not enough time listening. Maybe praying isn't always about praying but listening and giving God a chance to answer.
  • April 02, 2013 07:05 AM

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    This is great advice for me. I have trouble discerning what God wants of me. I read the scriptures but I know I don't have a lot of quiet time with the Lord.
  • April 02, 2013 06:36 AM

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    great reminder, Two days ago I was reminded about the importance of having time alone with the Lord through a friend... This morning I wake up and ran in to this. Thanks God for your faithfulness and the fact that you are alive and speak to your children.
  • April 01, 2013 04:46 PM

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    I understand this and look forward to hearing more. Thank God for this way to here from him.
  • April 01, 2013 03:19 PM

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    Thank you for this simple but profound truth that speaks to my heart and relates to a current bump in the road of mid-life I am experiencing. Our Lord continue to bless you my friend &brother in Christ.

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