Did You Hear That

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Did You Hear That

By Pastor Patrick Badstibner

 

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. – John 16:12,13

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. – Romans 8:26-27

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Did you hear that, that whisper! Was that a verse that just popped in your head? Where did that thought just come from?

“It is hard to know what to pray”, “what do I say”, “I feel at a loss for words”, “the pain is so deep how do I even utter words,” “the thoughts seem uncontrollable.” How often we find ourselves in any of these places. First, with thoughts and verses popping into our heads from nowhere or pain overwhelming us to the point that we can barely put a coherent sentence together to pray.

It is here where we find why Christ said, the most important thing was not for us to be able to walk side by side with him, but for the Holy Spirit to come. For in Him coming, He would point us to truth and make the gift of prayer, that only the believer is blessed with, truly meaningful and a rare jewel.

Yet, without the work of the Holy Spirit and the presence of the Holy Spirit it is a gift that would be completely incomplete. For it is the Holy Spirit that not only brings those verses, truths to mind as He speaks and declares them. It is also the Holy Spirit that helps us and aids us and interprets our prayers when the pain and grief is beyond measure and it seems almost impossible to interpret or put together the pain in a cohesive sentence.

There is danger here though, for Satan also can place thoughts that seem ever so close to the truth for remember he is the father of deception. So those thoughts we think we hear, it can never be stressed enough that they indeed must be interpreted within the light of God’s word.  

Never think that we must be all confessed up in order to come to God, for in reality we never could be all confessed up. Confession is best done with an admission of… I am tired of being a little god and recognize that indeed God is God.

Remember, the father does not hear our prayers because of our righteousness or what we think is passable obedience, for passable obedience is not what God is interested in, but the perfect obedience of Christ is what earns us that right.

Sitting, standing, laying prostrate, eyes open, eyes closed, alone or with a crowd, matters not at all. The purpose of prayer is to build our relationship with the One who calls us, His Beloved.

Because He loves each of us, He will communicate with us and we with him in ways that are as distinct as our very personalities.

So when the seasons of living change from day to day and the waves of life fall and rise rest in knowing that because the Holy Spirit is God with us, we need not be tense, or uptight or lack peace, for indeed The Holy Spirit will encourage us with His peace.

So did you hear that verse, did you hear that truth in the quiet moment and sometimes if we are listening during the roar of the day, it just may indeed be the Holy Spirit reminding us that He is God, He Knows, He Cares and in that there is gratefulness and peace that passes all understanding.  

As we move into a new year and those dreams become Hopes for a better year, let the Holy Spirit bring the peace that comes when those dreams fall apart and when the gratefulness of those dreams become reality.

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Pastor Pat lives in South Carolina with his wonderful wife Becky and has two grown daughters Jessica and Michaela. He retired as a nationally acclaimed award-winning landscape architect and landscape designer.

After a series of Job like trials that a pastor friend once said When people say they dont believe in Job, he replies, are YOU kidding me I know him personally.

Now he serves as the Executive Pastor of World Prayr which he considers to be his true calling to leadership..

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all of those who have been brought near to God are on is not one that is about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but rather focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer and sound biblical teachings.

We, also, differ from most ministries in another key area and that is working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4, by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected and re-connecting them, one soul at a time to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” which is made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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