Lesson 8

Divine Communication

‘O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples!

Sing to him, sing praises to him,

tell of all his wonderful works!

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and his strength,

seek his presence continually!’

(Psalm 105:1–4)

The Bible tells us to call on the name of the Lord. Right from the beginning man has called on His name:

‘To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time men began to call upon the name of the Lord.’

(Genesis 4:26)

Then others through the Bible also called upon His name:

‘[Abram journeyed] to the place where he had made an altar at first; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord.’

(Genesis 13:4)

‘Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee … ’

(Judges 16:28)

‘[Solomon said] then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and render to each whose heart thou knowest, according to his ways (for thou, thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men).’

(1 Kings 8:39)

We have to call upon the name of the Lord from our hearts even as 2 Timothy 2:22 warns:

‘So shun youthful passions and aim at righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the name of the Lord from a pure heart.’

To call upon the name of the Lord it appears that the Lord first draws us to do so as in the Song of Solomon 1:4:

‘Draw me after you, let us make haste … ’

and Psalm 80:18:

‘Then we will never turn back from thee;

give us life, and we will call on thy name!’

Not only has man called on God but God has called on man. Again we can go right back to Exodus 3:4:

‘When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.”’

and Exodus 19:20:

‘And the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.’

and 1 Samuel 3:4:

‘Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”’

God calls to man and man hears God and responds to Him. Now we have a two-way communication as we will see in Job:

‘Then call, and I will answer;

or let me speak, and do thou reply to me.’

(Job 13:22)

‘Thou wouldest call, and I would answer thee.’

(Job 14:15)

This means sometimes the Lord will speak first. Once during the flight to South Africa while resting back in my seat the Lord said, ‘Sit up. I want to speak to you.’ I sat up and He encouraged me greatly. It was a wonderful time.

Many a person will ask, though, ‘Why don’t I hear God? How do I learn to hear God?’ This question is answered in a prayer in Psalm 63:1–4:

‘Oh God, thou art my God, I seek thee,

my soul thirsts for thee;

my flesh faints for thee,

as in a dry and weary land where no water is.

So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary,

beholding thy power and glory.

Because thy steadfast love is better than life,

my lips will praise thee.

So I will bless thee as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.’

We have to put God first, to thirst for His presence as in a dry and weary land here on earth where no water of His presence is. Once we come into His presence where we can feel His love joy and peace within, where we can communicate with Him and hear Him speak to us, we will love and long for His presence more and more. We will also experience the beauty of His power and glory in His presence.

Only God’s people will seek this presence, for the world does not know of it. The Lord will become our fortress and strength as Psalm 59:9–10:

‘O my Strength, I will sing praises to thee,

for thou, O God, art my fortress.

My God in his steadfast love will meet me.’

The Lord replies to our seeking Him, to our calling upon His name with promises from Jeremiah 33:2–3:

‘Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it – the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and hidden things which you have not known.’

He promises to speak to us, to tell us of great and hidden things. He also promises to hear all who call upon Him in truth.

‘The Lord is near to all who call upon him,

to all who call upon him in truth.’

(Psalm 145:18)

He also promises to protect us as He calls us to cleave to Him in love. This is very near to Him. It’s where we receive His love and therefore we can also love Him as in Psalm 91:14–16:

‘Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;

I will protect him, because he knows my name.

When he calls to me, I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will rescue him and honour him.

With long life I will satisfy him,

and show him my salvation.’

This scripture now brings us even closer to the Lord, for when we find the presence of God the devil can no longer find us and therefore no harm can come to us for we are in His presence. God’s presence surrounds you and protects you as Psalm 91:3–5:

‘For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler

and from the deadly pestilence;

he will cover you with his pinions,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,

nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.’

It is here that you can also come to know God more and more. As He trusts you He will allow you closer, even as you allow a friend you trust closer to you.

‘“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thy sight, show me now thy ways, that I may know thee and find favour in thy sight. Consider too that this nation is thy people.” And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”’

(Exodus 33:13–14)

Here Moses is asking God that he may know Him more, in a closer connection, a higher level, a deeper relationship. It was a longing of Moses’ heart to know Him more and to be pleasing to God. Then God said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’

This promise of God’s presence going with you is very wonderful for now not only do you come into His presence in prayer, but His presence now stays with you and goes with you wherever you go. This in itself gives you a rest, for you know it is not you, but that it is God that is doing it.

The first time I came back from Africa, having seen about 250 healings by the Lord in Kenya, I wondered to myself, ‘Will this work in England?’

Cirencester was my first invitation and I went along not knowing what would happen. Yet people still got healed. Then I was invited to Wantage and Jesus healed two people of cancer there. Yes, it did work. I then realised that the Holy Spirit and the presence of God came to these places with me, so I no longer had to worry, simply to rest in Jesus and let Him do it. My only, and important, preparation was prayer and waiting on God for His presence to fill me to overflowing, for serving God is not a project but an overflow. Waiting on God produces the overflow. If we read on in Exodus 33 from verse 15 we read the rest of the conversation that Moses had with the Lord:

‘And he said to him, “If thy presence will not go with me, do not carry us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in thy sight, I and thy people? Is it not in thy going with us, so that we are distinct, I and thy people, from all other people that are upon the face of the earth?”’

(Exodus 33:15–16)

If His presence does not go with us, nothing will happen. It will not be worth going anywhere to pray for the sick or to exercise any other gift, for without God we can do nothing.

Only as we wait on God for His presence and anointing on our lives are we able to go with His presence. Also as Christians this is how we ought to walk, distinct in Christ, different from all other people that are upon the face of the earth, for God’s presence can only go with God’s people and no one else. In order for His presence to go with us, we have to put God first. Nothing must replace God, our hearts must be 100% His. If anything else, or any sin comes in, our walk with God comes to a stop and the enemy can then come to defeat us.

We must always draw near to God, then He will draw near to us. It is then that Isaiah 65:24 comes true:

‘Before they call I will answer,

while they are yet speaking I will hear.’

I have actually seen this scripture come alive. One night as I prayed for people in Africa, some were getting healed even as I was about to lay hands on them and other people, waiting in line, were receiving healing even before I could pray for them. We will answer back to the Lord as in Psalm 116:1–2:

‘I love the Lord, because he has heard

my voice and supplications.

Because he inclined his ear to me,

therefore I will call on him as long as I live.’

Love for God by the Holy Spirit is supernatural. It is far greater than any earthly love, to seek God and to keep on seeking Him daily:

‘In the path of thy judgements,

O Lord, we wait for thee;

thy memorial name

is the desire of our soul.

My soul yearns for thee in the night,

my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee.’

(Isaiah 26:8–9)

The more we find Him the more we want Him. Nothing on earth can compare with the glory of His presence. It is here we come to rest, it is here we come simply to appreciate His beauty, to absorb His heavenly love deep within our beings. It is here that He can change us, for His perfect love casts out all fear, His perfect love can bring deep inner healing, His perfect love can even cause us to cry with incredible joy. It is here God can say, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46:10). Be still, so that everything is silenced. Wait until you are filled with God’s presence, then words became inadequate. Your heart begins to talk instead with tears of joy, tears of love, tears of meeting with Him.

‘Be silent before the Lord God!

For the day of the Lord is at hand.’

(Zephaniah 1:7)

‘Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.’

(Zechariah 2:13)

Our silence moves God and activates His presence and glory. Our silence also enables us to hear the Lord speak to us.

‘It stood still,

but I could not discern its appearance.

A form was before my eyes;

there was silence, then I heard a voice:

“Can mortal man be righteous before God?

Can a man be pure before his maker?”’

(Job 4:16–17)

This is where true prayer starts. His presence saturates your whole being until you feel like you are melting into Him, such a beautiful feeling. We find Him in the stillness of His presence, this divine connection with Him, and deeper and deeper levels await us, as we come into His presence.

It is also here that Isaiah 40:31 takes on a new meaning:

‘but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,

they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary,

they shall walk and not faint.’

That is what prayer is like. It’s almost like the time I released a wild bird that got trapped in the house and saw him rise in joy and relief up into the heavenlies in new-found freedom.

The tame bird knows nothing of the great outdoors. He is content to be a captured bird for he knows no better. So with thousands of people, they are content to live on this earth, not knowing the release, the joy, the freedom that prayer gives you, as you soar up high into the glorious presence of God, the expanse of His greatness, the beauty of His love, the expression of His great joy, the horizons of His indwelling peace.

Once one knows the greatness and beauty of God’s love, never again will you want to be without it, never again will you want to be trapped by the limits of the world, for like the bird you will have found the vastness of the universe in Him.

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