Surprised by God's Voice… (Re-post 5/21/08)

Surprised by God's Voice… (Re-post 5/21/08) February 16, 2010

This is a re-post from May 2008.  I want to emphasize that this ‘peek’ into my personal prayer life is not meant to be about making me look good, but as simply a story of God working with a messed up guy named Kurt…

The following is a journal entry from last summer. This was an experience that continued to encourage me that in spite of my skepticism at times that God speaks to us in direct ways. This is in no way intended to be read as boastful about ‘how spiritual i am’ but simply as part of my journey with God…

Two weeks ago I went to a prayer gathering on a Sunday night. The leader that night had a great key thought: get desperate for God before we are desperate.

We then broke out into a time to get alone with God. I went into it believing that god could speak to me… he had done it in many ways before but I felt like now the pressure was on knowing that we would come together and share later (how stupid and prideful I can be sometimes!).

At first I was distracted by the worship CD that was playing; instead of ambiance, it was loud and obnoxious. Then, I got over it and was able to pray and focus. I have had times in my life where prayer and mental pictures have worked together. On this particular night, I saw a door with a key in it. I thought that perhaps this was the door to heavenly realm and that I could communicate freely with him. But I also wanted to test my impression to assure that it was of God and not something that I was making up in my mind. Isn’t it funny that when God is at work, the first thing we often do is to question it rather than to simply trust? A lot of my skepticism comes from not having grown up in a more ‘charismatic’ church environment.

After these thoughts were running through my mind, I began to focus back at the door and then I noticed that the key inside of it was spinning rapidly. I remember thinking to myself, “now the key is the focal point” but then it span so fast that I began to imagine it as a cake mixer… and the door was gone. Then my mind wondered off to other things, but I kept in prayer.

At this point I began to center myself around the person of Jesus saying his name over and over again in my mind so that my thoughts were focused on him alone. What I found was that when I said “Jesus” out loud, I became more filled and centered on God. Then the vision of the door returned to my mind, and I thought that either god were telling me something having to do with open communication with him in a “prophetic” sense or that I was just thinking or that I was just thinking about such a thought.

I then began to ask God to confirm that it was from Him so that when I took this word to the group it would be a real and uplifting prophecy rather than merely my thoughts. That’s when I saw and impression of the words “Revelation 3:7.” When I read that section of Scripture I knew that God had indeed been speaking! I was surprised, amazed, and blessed! When I got up and walked back to reunite with the group I felt like I was glowing like Moses down from the mountain. I shared that I felt God was saying through this word he had given to me that we have access to pray to him, and to interact with him!
In this, our prayer group was truly edified and I was overwhelmed at a God who can break through my skepticism and fear! Here is the passage:

7 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.
This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open:

8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.

I would love to hear your stories about how God has worked in your life in ways that ‘surprised’ you!

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  • Ray

    When I was in college, I was at a horrible ministry situation. The church was dying and I was the youth minister. We had some roudy kids because trailer parks surrounded the church, and I ministered to who was around me. The kids were distructive and I did the best I could, but the church really did not like these kids God was bringing in. I was driving around one night frustrated at the church and frustrated with God who would have me here, and I found myself driving onto a nearby Catholic College campus. It was Holy Week, and at the center of the campus was a cross with a purple lent shaw hanging over it. A feeling inside me directed me to get out of the car, and I walked over to the cross. As I focused my mind and Spirit on the cross, a voice inside me said, “Follow me here. Follow me to the cross.” I’ve since moved way on from that church, but when ministry gets frustrating and difficult, I think back to that night at St. Gregory’s and God’s call to me.

  • Kurt Willems

    Ray, that is a voice that I often need to follow. I have been in a ministry situation that must have been similar in many ways. Praise the Lord that he showed up in the midst of an uncertain time. What a spiritual ‘landmark’ that must have become for you!

  • Travis Jackson

    Wow it’s so encouraging to hear about God speaking, it reminds me of a time I had last summer in a prayer session with some of my best friends, we were all broken praying individually in the sanctuary at this time, there is a cross that hangs on the back wall of the church with a light shining directly behind giving off a very “attention-getting” glow. It was one of those times when ya feel like God is setting right beside you, I was concentrating on God, I then found myself seemingly lost in that “attention-getting” glow, at that time God began to speak things so personal that I know it had to be him and not something my own mind could conjure up, he affirmed my future with some things, it was such an unforgettable time, it serves a reminder that the cross not only erased my past, but also absolutely affirmed my future, not only in heaven, but also in this life. God is Great!!!

    • Wow! thanks Travis! Come back to the blog soon brotha!