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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning."
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LETTERS TO INTERCESSORS

(Studies In The Word)

2008_02

“Listen to Him”

On most Friday mornings, we open up our local church and in the stillness and privacy of the empty church we do two things. Firstly we pray and secondly we take a long passage of Scripture and read it aloud, not just casually but as if that word is being proclaimed, is being spoken with God’s feeling and passion. The Word resounds forth in the building and resounds forth in our own ears and then into our hearts. Why do we do this? If you will look at Isaiah 55.10-11 you will find these words:-

“... my word goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

As the Word sounds forth, so we hear it and as we hear it, so we and the environment around us are changed by it.

Christianity is the religion of the Word, not of sight but of sound. God speaks to us. God requires us to speak of him to others. Paul writes in Romans 10.13-15 that

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.How, then, can they call on the one that they have not believed in?And how can they believe in one of whom they have not heard?And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

‘Hearing’ is an important concept, but it has a passive quality about it - without any effort we hear what is going on around us but listening? - now that is different. Listening has premeditation and purpose about it. Listening has personal effort behind it. Listening is powered by personal intention. You see, we choose to listen. But listening to God is even more different, because we are commanded by God to listen to Jesus, to listen to his Word as, for example, at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17.5). Has it occurred to you that in listening to God’s Word, we demonstrate obedience to God at the most fundamental level? Is it any wonder that the devil does everything he can to prevent us from spending time to listen to God? God speaks. His voice can be heard. We can choose to listen and hear what He has to say. Having listened and having heard, we can then choose to obey.


In our dear old Church of England, we have a category of people called ‘Readers’ whose original task was to read out the word of God aloud in order to carry out the Isaiah 55 task. Yes, historically, not many people could read for themselves and someone had to read for them, but the key element of the task was for the Word of God to be set loose so that people could choose to listen and be changed by the word of God. Today we have others who read aloud the “lesson’s” for the day undertaking precisely the same purpose - to let loose the power of the word of God!


Now why is all this stuff important. Well, when the Word of God is studied, when the Word of God is read, when the Word of God is spoken, then the power of God is released amongst His people. And when we choose to listen to the Word of God, that power comes into our lives and is let loose within our lives and makes changes within our lives and yes, that power lets loose the power to heal and the power to be healed. It lets loose the power to change our behaviour; it lets loose the power to remain free from HIV/AIDS; and yes, it lets loose the power to be healed from HIV/AIDS. Let me repeat that last one. The power of God is released into our lives when we choose to listen to God and that power is sufficient to heal HIV/AIDS! Do you believe me? A time is coming and may well be here already, that when believers proclaim the word of God over a person who is HIV positive and that person chooses to listen to that Word of God, that person will be healed and become HIV negative.


We have had for years now, testimony from one of our international members of Judah Trust, about personal healing from HIV as a result of immersing herself in the Word of God and laying hold of every healing reference within the Bible.

We are speaking about reality and it is so simple - choose to listen to God and choose to obey what you hear.

“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. (Psalm 78.1)

“Who has listened and heard his word?” (Jeremiah 23.18)


End Note

In our intercession and prayers recently, we are sensing that God’s compassion for those who are HIV positive is moving in a dramatically powerful way. We are picking up, along with many others, the need to pray for the realisation of ‘big dreams’ including miraculous healing. We continue also, to be aware of God’s heart for all those who are HIV negative and his desire that they remain so.

We remain convinced that God is fostering every opportunity to encourage us to live lives according to his Word and his Kingdom - which is the ultimate answer to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

We are encouraging you to pray extravagant prayers, prayers that really stretch our faith, prayers that force us to acknowledge the power and love of God for each one of us. Prayers to change the world.