Try speaking in tongues to Siri. You won’t get very far. Siri can’t interpret tongues and most of us people can’t either. Wouldn’t it be great if you could ask Siri to translate what God wants us to do? Don’t be surprised if your friends are not any better. Look at Job. He might have been better off talking to Siri than to his friends.
Prayer is not just talking to God. We also need to decipher what He is saying. Don’t be deceived. The Bible is full of examples of deceit and misdirection. It is also full of people who claimed to speak for God when they are only speaking their demands in His name.
Look out when people loudly proclaim, “God told us to……” I may follow that person but there better be substance behind it. In other words, they get one chance. If they are wrong once I will probably not listen again. I will also not listen if it goes off the instruction in the Bible.
Be careful out there. There are no simple answers.
1 Corinthians 14:28
If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.
I was touring an historic house from the 18th Century. The guide pointed out a small window in the bedroom and said this was a “soul window”. The early German settlers believed that if one died in a windowless room, their soul would be trapped and could not pass. The soul window was opened near the time of death so that a loved one could easily move onto the next life.
I don’t like to be confined in a windowless room. Even with central air, I feel closed in. My soul may not need to be released to the other side but I certainly like being able to see out.
Open your windows today and allow the Holy Spirit to blow in. Feel His breeze. Enjoy His wind. Stand and see His horizon and know His plans. Be prepared for when the time is right to open the door to walk out into His garden.
Genesis 8:5-7 (NIV)
5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.
Leon Wyczółkowski, 1933
I have spent the last week trying to encourage a friend that is suffering in many ways but specifically she is currently suffering over the death of our son Isaiah. I feel like I am losing the battle. I don’t know what else to say or do. I certainly hope and pray that she makes it through this deep and dark valley.
Time after time, we read in the Bible about people going through deep valleys. I don’t know what I would have said to David when he was hiding from Saul or his own son. What would you say to Daniel before he was thrown into the lion’s den? Would you have encouraged Noah when he was building the ark? How about Joseph when he was in the pit, or in jail? If I was Jesus’ mentor, I would have told him to kill everyone more than once.
It’s at these moments that we turn to God for intercession. We cry out for His grace, mercy and wisdom.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.