Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

He can … – Day 13

He wants to speak to us

Bible text(s)

14if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again. 15I will watch over this Temple and be ready to hear all the prayers that are offered here,

2 Chronicles 7:14-15GNBOpen in Bible reader

3“Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvellous things that you know nothing about.

Jeremiah 33:3GNBOpen in Bible reader

9The LORD keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him. You have acted foolishly, and so from now on you will always be at war.”

2 Chronicles 16:9GNBOpen in Bible reader

In response to the previous piece, a reader asked the following question: “I understand the importance of reading the Bible, but I struggle to pray? It feels as if there is a blockage of some sorts. Can you please help?”

Think for a moment about a river. Although the water initially flows quickly, it may happen that branches, leaves, soil and even stones are swept away with it. Once it reaches a narrow passage in the riverbed, the accumulated debris causes a blockage that slows the water and even brings it to a halt.

In our lives, the flow of the Holy Spirit can be compared to the water in the riverbed. At times the Lord’s voice is clear. At other times, we struggle to hear it due to the “debris” causing blockages in our lives. Blockages occur in the form of bitterness, an unforgiving heart, pride, deliberate sins that we do not confess, disobedience to a command from God or even rebellion against God. It robs us of our freedom to speak to God – and even our ability to hear the Holy Spirit’s voice.

However, there is grace and forgiveness when we identify these blockages, repent and turn away from it. In 2 Chronicles 7:14-15, God says, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.” In Jeremiah 33:3, God says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you.” And in 2 Chronicles 16:9 we read: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”

God wants to speak to us. Let us bend down to the riverbed and remove the “branches, leaves, soil and stones” in our lives causing hindrances in our relationship with God. We might just stand amazed at how crisp and clear His voice actually can be. God bless you.

Assignment for the day: Take a pen and paper and sit down with an open heart to God. Ask Him to show you if there is anything that causes a blockage between you and Him. Write it down. Confess it and choose to turn away from it.

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