Luke 24:32 (KJV) “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”
“I’ve been a Christian for so many years now but I have never heard God speak to me. Am I growing at all? Lord Jesus, I won’t leave here unless you speak to me; I want to hear your voice too” This was Paul’s prayer in a personal retreat. To his amazement, he saw nothing; no vision, no angelic visitation, not even a dream throughout the twenty one days of his prayer and fasting. He gave up after twenty one days of dry fast and just concluded that he’ll live like every other Christian.
Sometime after this experience, he listened to a sermon and discovered that God has been communicating with him but he was the one who didn’t pay attention. He sometimes just knew things without being pre informed. Often, he’d have loss his peace when he is to make certain terrible decisions, sometimes, he would feel certain burning sensations in parts of his body when he is praying, etc.
Paul was like the disciples described in today’s text, their hearts burned within them while Jesus spoke with them but they didn’t pay attention to it. Many Christians are like this, they neglect God’s unique way of communicating with them while expecting him to speak to them in certain popular ways.
In Matthew 9:4, “Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” He didn’t see a vision or dream, no angel visited him, neither was it by a prophet, he simply knew it.
Also, in Mark 5:30 (KJV) it is said concerning Jesus, “And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?”. This also was simply by knowing and not through some spectacular means.
Go into today knowing that if you desire a cordial relationship with God, you must understand how He speaks to you and respond to the same as He expects.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please help me understand how you communicate with me. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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