Praying and waiting for God’s direction can be a test of patience. If we get impatient, we may question every step, overanalyse open doors, and even wonder, “If I make a wrong turn, will I miss God?”. Throughout history, God’s people have been led by the Holy Spirit, but staying in step with Him is not easy. It is something we must practice with intention.
The Bible says in Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” The psalmist describes the Holy Spirit as good, which reminds us that following God is always the best choice, even when things ahead look shaky. It’s hard to know which path to take, but God promises to be with us for the journey as He reveals each faith step. His thoughts toward us are good.
Paul and Silas understood what it meant to follow the Spirit’s lead. They had a plan for sharing the gospel of Jesus, but the Spirit of God blocked the way they intended to go. They knew what God wanted them to do, so they trusted the Holy Spirit to show them where and how to do it.
I’d love to have the confidence of Paul and Silas when it comes to listening to the Holy Spirit! But sometimes, the noise of this world drowns out His voice. The good news is that we can learn to be better listeners. By making time for prayer and seeking more of the Holy Spirit, we will become aware of his leading. When we focus on Him more, His voice becomes clearer.
Today, reflect on a time you have sensed God wanting you to do something but you were uncertain about what steps to take to see it through. You felt that tug at your heart that only grew stronger by the day, but you had no idea how to start. God is with you, ready for you to seek guidance through His precious Holy Spirit. Let’s begin with praying to be led by the Spirit and let Him teach us to do his will.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” – Psalm 143:10 ESV
Yahweh, teach me to do your will. Father, I know you’ve called me to serve you, but I don’t know what to do next. Please, God, I want to be led by your Holy Spirit, so I can live out the special purpose you have for me. I seek you today, Father. Let your good Spirit guide me. In Christ’s name, Amen
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