Revelation 3: 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Picture this scene: A son comes to his father with request. He says to his father, “I want you to give me something my heart so desires, father, and I want it now.” “Wait a moment son,” says the father, “There are some other factors you need to consider. There are some things you need to give attention to before your request can be granted.”
The son, however, isn’t listening to the father’s response but keeps on making his request and so he continues, “Dad, you aren’t listening to me. I asked you for something and you’re supposed to give it to me right now!”
The point here is that the son wanted the father’s ear but he wasn’t prepared to give the father his. This scene is similar to what takes place when we present our request before our Heavenly Father in prayer.
Our Heavenly Father only gets a presentation of demands and very little listening. We talk and talk and never pay attention to what He has to tell us. Perhaps it is for this reason that seven times in just two chapters the Holy Spirit says, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit say to the churches!”
We have got spiritual ears, let’s be sure we are hearing what the Spirit is saying. You can be sure the Holy Spirit is speaking. The prophet Isaiah declares, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘this is the way, walk in it.”
As you present your request in prayer, ask yourself, “What is the Father saying to me by His Spirit that’s related to this request?” Tune into the Holy Spirit and you’ll hear His voice.
You’ll receive directions and you’ll get understanding you need that will open up a way to receiving what you have requested. So often the answer you seek with your prayer request will come as you act on the counsel or wisdom He imparts to you by His Spirit while you are praying. Don’t just ask God; listen to Him!
Prayer: Father, teach me how to listen to Your voice.
Further Meditation: Revelation 3: 14 – 22