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a Devotional from author Kass Fogle
Have you ever been caught on the phone with voice recognition software, repeating your name five times only to hear in a recorded, tinny voice, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. Please say your first and last name followed by the pound key.”
If you haven’t thrown the phone across the room or furiously tapped or pressed the ‘zero’ key to get an operator, you have gotten farther than many. It can be very frustrating to think you are communicating clearly only to have your message misunderstood.
Especially when you are communicating with God.
I must admit, there are times when there is a cloud of toxicity that creates static between our communication. And it’s not coming from His end.
Maybe there is unconfessed sin (Psalm 66:18) or unforgiveness in our hearts (Mark 11:25). But whatever it is, we must recognize it, cleanse our hearts of it so that our prayers are heard. He listens to those who seek to clear their hearts of sin and repent of their unrighteousness.
And even though He has it all figured out, He will still listen.
Even though He knows best how to guide us, He will listen to our petitions.
He listens because we call on Him and rely on Him for his strength. He delights when we reach out for His protection. He rejoices when we praise and worship Him.
So, don’t let a lack of faith hinder your prayers, remove barriers from God recognizing your voice and learn to recognize his.
We recognize His voice through our faith and study of the scriptures. When the enemy comes to do battle, we are prepared with the sword of the spirit. We are better equipped when the enemy throws platitudes and worldly fixes, packaged in pretty words our way.
If we follow Jesus, then we must believe and have no doubts about His voice. John 10:27 says “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (NKJV)
Those who doubt do not recognize His voice, because though they have seen His works, they still don’t believe.
Those who have not witnessed His works but still believe we are His sheep. And sheep always recognize their shepherd.
What sin or discord clouds your conversation with Christ?
Are there any worldly vices you rely on other than the Word of God?
Do you recognize His voice? What can you do today that will enable you to more clearly battle against the enemy?
I would love to pray for you. You don’t have to battle the enemy alone. Please contact me and let me know how I can help you recognize God’s voice.