Day 10 – God Hears Those Who Love and Obey

Day 10 – God Hears Those Who Love and Obey

Billion Days 10Devotional for Day 10 – 15 August 2013

Carol Stubbs, Tweed Heads, Australia
Former children’s worker, now married to Australian Aboriginal leader, Greg.

IntentionHow can you get God to listen to you?

Have you ever thought your prayers didn’t make it through the roof, let alone to the throne room of God?  Our heavenly Father longs to hear us pour our heart out to him.

ScriptureWe know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does his will, God listens to him (John 9:31 ESV).

ReflectionHow do we worship? Every moment of our life is worship to God; all that we say, all that we do, all that we think.  Let our conversations be honouring to God.  Serving those in need is worshipping God.  Taking control of our thoughts is obeying God.  Step up and step out, aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence, power and protection.  Walk in the confidence of the One who lights our path, who loves us and lives in us.

How do we do His will?  Do what is right.  Think good thoughts.  Love God with all our heart, all our emotions and all our will.  Love God by obeying Him.  The Bible gives us some simple instructions: respect our parents and elders; live in unity with our brothers; love our neighbours and obey God by sharing the gospel with them.  If we are honest, many of us have hurdles to overcome right here.  Are all our relationships good with our family, friends and neighbours?  If not, worship God by doing something about it today.  Are we looking for opportunities to share the gospel?  Is Jesus such a part of our life that we can’t stop talking about Him?

PrayerFather, forgive me for failing to obey you.  Speak to me and show me where I need to change Thank you for my family, my friends and my neighbours.  I want to love them as you love them and serve them in an attitude of worship to you.

I present my body as a living sacrifice, aware that it is holy and acceptable to you, because of all that Jesus accomplished on the cross for me.  I step up and step out into the world today willing to do your will and know that I am empowered by your Holy Spirit.  I give you all praise and honour, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Blogger’s comment: Today I want to share with you the story of John Wesley, the great English preacher of the First Great Awakening over 250 years ago. John Wesley was raised in a godly family as the 15th child of 18, but he spent many frustrating years trying to live out a righteous life. Finally in 1738 he surrendered himself fully to Jesus Christ and through a personal relationship with Him found freedom from sin and strength to live a godly life.

imagesAs a minister of the established church in England, he reacted to the deadness and formalism of the day by preaching on holy living everywhere by travelling hundreds of thousands of miles on horseback throughout the British Isles for the rest of his life.  His distinct message was total commitment and surrender of all to God in order for Christ’s character to be formed in the believer. His followers fasted consistently twice a week.

Wesley was living out his own words (as the underlined above shows):

‘Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.’

For us today the world in which we live has changed from Wesley’s world, but the message is the same.  I appeal to you on this 10th day of our 40 days of prayer, fasting and repentance, to surrender your life fully to God by re-reading the devotion and praying with meaning the prayer Carol suggests. Then follow Wesley’s advice and

‘Doing all the good God asks you to as you listen to him, 
By every means possible (e.g. through modern technology – the internet, Facebook,
an App on our phone to share the Gospel {see Devotion 5 to download this}),
In every possible way (e.g. sharing, storytelling, writing letters but most of all praying),
To everyone in your sphere of influence far and wide (e.g. help a relative in need
or send an encouragement to a new Facebook friend in another country
or invite your neigbour for a meal),

As long as ever you can (while God still gives you breath).’ 

If God has challenged you today leave a comment below. MR]

Then continue through the day to pray these 4 prayer points as the Lord leads you.

  1. Pray for a worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit for revival and transformation of the nations of the world.
  2. Pray for a billion people to find Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
  3. Pray for an end to abortion and for God to turn back the tide of death and immorality that is sweeping the nations of the world.
  4. Pray for a multiplication of prayer, praise and worship to God across the world as never before, to bring great glory to God.