Global Day of Prayer and Fasting: 2 October 2023

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Last month, I shared how we need to be intentional in listening to the voice of God in prayer, and following in obedience. This month, we will briefly explore some of the ways God speaks to us. It is important that we recognise God’s voice when He is trying to communicate with us. How amazing it is that the God of the universe would want to communicate with us, His most special of all creations.

Can you think of all the ways in scripture that God spoke to people? Read Acts 10:1-33 and you will see a few ways. Cornelius, a God-fearing Roman centurion, was praying in the afternoon and clearly saw an angel in a vision (v3). The angel then spoke to him (v4). Peter was praying the following day at noon (v9). He fell into a trance, an open vision (v11), and God spoke to him (vv13-16). We then see in verse 19 that the Spirit spoke to him. So that’s three different ways in one passage (four if you include the angel). Notice they were praying when these things happened.

What about Hebrews 1:1-2? Verse two says God has spoken to us by his Son. So every word of His that we read is God speaking to us. If you want to hear God’s voice clearly, read all of Jesus’ words in the gospels.

Remember the two Josephs? One was cast aside by his brothers and then became the Prime Minister of Egypt. The other was the husband of Mary, the carrier of the Saviour of the world. Both of them had significant dreams that God used to speak to them (Genesis 37:5-11, Matthew 1:20, 2:13, 19). Some needed interpreting, others didn’t as they were very explicit with instruction.

Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is breathed out by God. He speaks through His written word and in this particular case, Paul is referring to the “sacred writings” of the Old Testament (see 1 Timothy 3:15-16).

He speaks through people. Another example is Timothy himself, where Paul encourages him to “preach the word… reprove, rebuke, exhort” (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

There are so many more ways recorded in Scripture that you could dive into, and if you want to jump in deeper, then I highly recommend Jack Deere’s book Surprised by the Voice of God.

Maybe you have experienced God speaking to you in all of these ways, maybe not. Don’t limit the way God wants to speak to you. He is a supernatural God and can speak to us however He wants. Be like a young Samuel who, when first learning to hear God’s voice, said, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:1-10).

For His glory,

Lyndal Walker

International Prayer Director

Some suggestions for this month’s Global Day of Prayer and Fasting

  • Read Acts 10:1-33 and the other verses shared above.
  • Reflect: How do you experience God’s voice? What would you like to learn more about?
  • You may like to join in with this song.
  • Reflect: Do you have a significant story in your life about a moment that God spoke to you? What was the result it had in your life? If so, write it down. I would love it if you could share with me. I am looking to compile some stories from around the world for a new book I’m working on.
  • This month is General Assembly in the Netherlands. Take time now to pray for this significant time for the Youth for Christ family. Pray particularly for safety in travel for all who are attending, protection over the organising team and speakers and workshop leaders. Pray for the Spirit to move deeply in each person attending and that all would hear clearly what the Lord wants to say to them throughout this time.
  • Pray for some specific young people you are reaching out to in your community. Ask God to give you a word of encouragement that you could share with them. Write a letter to them or send a message with this encouragement.
  • Pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more harvest workers. Consider the specific needs in your own nation or Area.