Rediscovering Prayer

by Addison Bevere

December 17, 2023

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere
How Can We Hear The Voice better?

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God.”

— C.S. Lewis

As I’ve been praying about what I should share with you this week, I keep coming back to this sense that God desires for us to hear and know his Voice as we’ve never known it before.

Advent tells a story of open heavens and the Great Descent, that moment when the son of God became a man so that we could become sons and daughters of God. This is a season of convergence, of thin places in time and space, and I believe God has words for you.

So, my prayer has been, How do we hear the Voice better? . . .

The Spirit keeps taking me back to the radical humility of Advent, and the word in my spirit is “the humble hear my voice.

He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way. (Psalm 25:9)

Advent reminds us that from birth Jesus embodied perfect humility, but, of course, humility isn’t just a “Jesus thing.” Scripture tells us time and time again that the path of purpose and personhood belongs to the humble.

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

Response

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)

Pride blocks our ears.

Pride distorts our sight.

Pride burdens our backs.

Pride exploits our frailty and brokenness, but contrition calls God into the chaos of our lives (Psalm 51:17). Pride breaks but humility heals.

Wherever today finds you, I challenge you to pray, Father, forgive me, for I know not what I do. I need your grace to see what I otherwise cannot see, feel what I otherwise couldn’t feel, and do what I otherwise couldn’t do. Deliver me from my pride and into the loving arms of the Consuming Fire. May anything that is not truly me be lost in you. Grant me the righteousness, peace, and joy of your Son. Please speak to me. I am listening . . . I am yours. Amen.

Closing Thoughts

A few days ago, I challenged my fourteen-year-old son to end his day by sitting before God in silence for 30 minutes, with nothing but a pencil and paper. He’s dealing with a lot of noise and needed a solid word. I encouraged him to humble himself and make space for the Spirit to do what only God could do. Well, God showed up, and Asher emerged from that time with tears on his cheeks and clarity in his eyes.

We don’t have to carry the weight of what’s to come, and we don’t need all the answers. What we need is to be led by the One who is the Answer to whatever may come.

Praying with you,

Addison

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

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Addison Bevere is the COO of Messenger International, a ministry founded by John and Lisa Bevere in 1990 that exists to develop uncompromising followers of Christ who transform our world. Messenger is dedicated to providing people with access to life-transforming messages regardless of their location, language, or financial position.

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Addison Bevere

Husband, father, author, poet, speaker & follower of Christ

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