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CityLight Pastor Commentary:
One of the most common questions we get in the church office is this: what can I do to hear from God more? Our response is usually this: what have you done with everything He’s already given you? We should expect to hear from God in prayer, and that will become a reality when you genuinely expect to hear from Him. However, what you hear in prayer will never conflict with the written Word of God. If you think you hear something in prayer and it conflicts with the Bible, it’s not from God. A house divided cannot stand (Mk 3:25). John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is God’s Word in human form. The Holy Spirit will not tell you something today that contradicts something Jesus said previously. So ask to hear more from God! When you hear, check and make sure it lines up with what God’s Holy Spirit has already recorded.
Father, thank You for giving us Your written Word: as a resource, and as a foundation for building a genuine relationship with You. Help me to know Your Word inside and out, so that when I hear from You in prayer, I know Your speaking lines up with Your writing!