05.12.21 | Listening for the Father’s Voice
In today’s BREAD reading from Galatians 4, Paul writes to the church in Galatia, “Because you are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” (verses 6-7). Paul uses the language of adoption to demonstrate to the Galatians that they are fully accepted into God’s family, as evidenced by the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
Because of the Spirit, we are able to call out to God as our Father, engaging with Him on an intimate level. As children of God, we can bring anything and everything on our hearts to Him.
During today’s fasting and prayer focus, begin with a time of adoration for the Lord – reflecting on who He is and how He has been present in your life.
Then, let the Holy Spirit lead you in calling out to, and engaging with, God the Father.
The Spirit may direct you in various ways:
- To repent: Are there things from which you need to repent? Is there sin in your life for which you need forgiveness?
- To grieve: Is there something you need to grieve? Have you experienced a loss that you need to hold before the Lord in prayer and fasting? This could be something in your immediate life or something beyond your personal circumstances.
- To cry out in crisis: Are you in, or on the brink of, a crisis and need God’s intervention?
- To know God’s mind in a decision: Is there an area of confusion in your life about which you’d like to hear God’s thoughts? Are you in the midst of making a big decision and desperately need God’s wisdom?
Once you have identified a specific area to bring before the Lord, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in listening for God the Father’s voice. Write down and pray over what you hear.
As always, we encourage you to share what you are hearing from the Lord with a brother or sister in your community. This week, consider sharing what you heard God the Father speak to you, and submit it before your community for discernment.