The phrase you see below is one of the most common that can be found in the Old Testament. Over and over, the prophets repeat it.
“The word of the Lord came to me saying…”
– Jeremiah 1:11
With the coming of the kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit is made available to everyone – not just prophets. In the kingdom of God, we are all like prophets because we all have the Holy Spirit and we all hear from God. Is this too fantastic for you to believe?
Well, let me ask you some questions. Who is the Lord? I’m sure you’d say “Jesus,” and you’d be right. The New Testament would back you up to the hilt on that.
Do you know that Jesus said this?
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”
– John 15:12
So, is John 15:12 the word of the Lord? Of course, it is. It probably seems absurd for me to ask. Has John 15:12 come to you? Another absurd question; there it is right on the screen or page that you are reading.
Based on your answers to all these questions, therefore, the word of the Lord has come to you. How did this happen so mundanely for you when it seems to have been a mystical experience for the prophets? Simple; the Lord came down from heaven to speak the things that are recorded in red letters in the New Testament.
The Old Testament prophets had to receive the word of the Lord from heaven – our main portion came by way of earth.
As we act on the word of the Lord we received by way of earth, we also hear from the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. He whispers in our hearts. He’s subtle. He does not blare.
The words of the wise heard in quietness are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.
– Ecclesiastes 9:17
This is why we must cultivate quietness of heart, first having cultivated quietness of life.
…lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
– 1 Timothy 2:2
You’re wise not to think you’re as great as an Old Testament prophet, but you are even more privileged than were they. For the Messiah they could only hope for and see from afar has been revealed – and He’s greater than anyone expected!
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, You are even more than what was hoped!…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)