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How To Find Quiet Time With God
Mar 23

How To Find Quiet Time With God

By Tim Bader | Listening to God

How do you find quiet time with God in the midst of a busy day?

Hearing God for others, or for your own life, requires quiet time with him. But how do you find quiet time when there is no time in your day?

How To Find Quiet Time With God

I’m Rubbish At Quiet Time With God

I’m rubbish at quiet times. There, I said it.

I’ve never been any good at them. And at one stage of my life, I was actively against having quiet times, altogether.

These days, I’ve adopted an attitude somewhere in the middle ground. I have some scheduled quiet time during the week, but if I don’t manage one day, I don’t sweat it.

Of course, some people love quiet time. If quiet times work for you, then that’s great.

What concerns me most about the concept of quiet times, is that it’s easy to “do your God slot” … and then forget about God for the rest of the day.

You see, one thing I have got reasonably good at, is relating to God throughout the day – not just as a one off, traditional quiet time.

Not that I’ve got it all sorted: I still want to spend more time in his presence. I want to seek God and cultivate such a desire for intimacy, that relating to him becomes as natural as breathing.

But how is that even possible? How can you or I spend more time in God’s presence, when we have so much to do, at work, at home, and with our families?

 

Finding More Quiet Time With God

Some people want time to somehow wrap around them, to flex and stretch, according to their needs. Others want to live their whole lives at warp speed. Some people just want more “space in their head”.

Whatever it is, there’s an almost indefinable word that describes the places and the spaces in between all the little moments in our lives.

The argument goes something like this:

“If I could add up all those wasted moments in my day, and put them together in a line, then I would suddenly find all the time I would ever need. I could do anything.”

Michael Hyatt calls it margin. He teaches productivity obsessives (like me), ways and means to become more efficient with their time.

Whatever you call it, we all have this problem, in some way or another. And the same issue affects our spiritual lives. It permeates through our work, our homes and all our relationships, especially our relationship with God.

Believe it or not, many of the same techniques that productivity gurus like Michael teach us in the practical realm, also work for the supernatural.

It is possible to find more time for God, whether or not it looks like the quiet time you’re used to thinking of.

Here are 3 examples:

 

Find The Right (Specific) Quiet Time

The idea of finding time seems obvious to most, but as we all know, it’s easier said than done.

Most people envisage quiet times as a concentrated period of time, for at least 10 minutes, preferably more.

If you can find a space like that in your calendar, I would encourage you to do so.

However, for many people, even taking 10 minutes out of their schedule is too much, in their minds. So panic sets in.

If that’s you, start small. Take 30 seconds instead. Try it now:

Stop reading for 30 seconds and focus your mind on God. Think about one of his characteristics. Thank him for his goodness, holiness, or his loving kindness towards you. Then come back here.

……………………

There, that was easy wasn’t it?

Try doing that 2 or 3 times in a day. Set a reminder on your phone to help remember, and you’ll be well on your way.

 

Places And Spaces Work Well With Quiet Time

Specific places can be a great help when associated with one of these quiet times.

The trick is to find the best places where you can pray and acknowledge the Lord’s presence.

It’s much easier to find time for God when you’re alone in the car, than when you’re running around with small children, on the school run.

So why not drop the kids at school …and then take a breather for a minute, instead of rushing off into the rest of your day?

If you have the opportunity to take a lunch break at work, why not walk to a secluded spot where you can spend some time with God?

You can also use activities that don’t require much brain power, to direct your thoughts heavenward. Taking a shower, washing up and toilet/restroom breaks are all good examples.

 

Start Quiet Time With God In Worship

Worship is one of the best ways to get into God’s presence. More than that, it helps you focus on the right things.

Worship is a key to:

  • take your gaze off yourself and on to God
  • change your perspective on difficult situations
  • attract and be (re) filled with the Holy Spirit

So, worship is always worthwhile, whether we’re in an “official” quiet time, or in one of those in-between moments.

When we worship first and ask questions later, we’re much more likely to ask the right questions when we pray.

And to be clear: worship doesn’t always mean singing songs. Thanking the Lord for who he is and what he has done, is just as much an act of worship, as sung worship.

 

Quiet Time With God Is All About Habits

One of the most important concepts in productivity, is the power of incremental change. It’s much easier to get a big project done, if you break it down into smaller tasks.

And it’s the same with our spiritual lives: if I want to make a change in how I live, the best way to do that is to install a new habit.

I talk a lot about a lifestyle of listening to God. But a lifestyle is really just a set of behaviours, a collection of habits.

If you’re at the beginning of your journey into a deeper relationship with the Lord, then you may feel daunted by the prospect. Or if you’re further on, you may be looking for inspiration on how you can do this.

 

How To Hear God’s Voice: Create Quiet Time At Any Time

Start with one thing you want to improve: the one time, the one place, or the one method of worship that most fits with your personality and situation.

Then stick with it. Get a habit tracking app on your phone, to help you push through the natural barriers you’ll hit along the way (HabitBull is a good one – affiliate link).

By selecting one habit and consciously choosing to install it in your life, you’ll be making a real impact. It will take time (modern research shows that most habits take about 80 days to stick), but it will be worth it. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a deeper relationship with your heavenly father.

If you’d like more ideas about finding space and time for God, then my book How To Hear God’s Voice has plenty to inspire you.

And I’m pleased to announce that it’s out now in paperback and available from your local Amazon store. If you’d like to find out more, including what others have been saying about it, have a look here.

 

EASTER BONUS Hints To Hear God’s Voice (Limited Time Offer):

For a limited time, I’m offering Hints To Hear God’s Voice, a special summary “cheat sheet” of the main ideas and concepts from part 2 of How To Hear God’s Voice.

How To Find Quiet Time: Hints To Hear God's Voice

It’ll help to remind you of all the possibilities on how to get closer to God, and serves as a simple prompt of times, places and ways to meet with him.

It’s FREE to download for all purchasers of the paperback or eBook and it even comes with a short email series to help you get the most out of it (offer ends 30th March 2018, Good Friday).

To get Hints To Hear God’s Voice:

  1. Purchase the book from here (links through to your local Amazon store).
  2. Enter your email and order number on this page.

 

Do what the father does
Nov 30

Jesus Will Only Do What The Father Does (So Can You)

By Tim Bader | Listening to God

Do what the Father does: Jesus’ meeting with a Samaritan woman teaches us how to interact with Holy Spirit, and our Heavenly Father.

When Jesus goes to Samaria, he waits next to a well, while his disciples go to get some food.

When a woman approaches the well, he opens up a conversation that changes her life and creates an evangelistic opportunity. Along the way, he shows us how we too can “only do what we see the father doing”.

Do what the father does

I Want To Only Do What The Father Does

Something has always touched my heart about the story of the Samaritan woman (John 4:4-34), or as she is often known, “the woman at the well”.

Here we have a record of an encounter that is at once intensely personal, and also with a greater and wider implication.

When I read this tale, I am struck by Jesus’ intimate knowledge and understanding of the woman’s situation. But he also has compassion:

He accepts her just as she is, but doesn’t just leave her there. He allows his Heavenly Father to do his work, through the Holy Spirit.

What excites me most however, is the implied cooperation between Father, Son and Spirit. When we read between the lines, we can see an intricate interplay between the members of the trinity.

And the result is nothing short of a miracle:

The woman realises something of who Jesus is, and immediately hot-foots it back to her village to collect everyone she knows.

So when Jesus speaks to his disciples shortly after, about the coming harvest, they look up and see that harvest approaching!

Do What The Father Does: How Jesus Cooperates With Holy Spirit

The story of the Samaritan woman reveals how Jesus interacted with his Father.

It works out just as Jesus said in John 5:19:

Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does”.

And this is the key to how Jesus operated: choosing to follow the Father, every moment of every day, and every night.

We can be confident that Jesus always knew exactly what to do, whether he was:

  • preaching to the crowds
  • praying alone with his father into the night
  • healing the sick
  • having a go at the Pharisees (!)
  • just spending time with his disciples

This tells us 3 things about him and how he worked:

  1. He always spoke out of a heart of love, because he always did what he saw the Father do.
  2. He could only know how to do that, because Holy Spirit revealed it to him.
  3. Therefore, he was always watching and listening to Holy Spirit, in order to get that revelation, in the moment.

The good news is that we can do this too: we just need to practice!

Do What The Father Does: How Jesus Operates

Let’s take a closer look at the Samaritan woman’s story, and see if we can understand how Jesus operated, a little better.

Due to lack of space I won’t quote the complete passage here. However, if you would like to follow along, open your bible to John 4:4-34.

As I mentioned earlier, in order to understand what was happening, you have to read between the lines.

Here are the highlights:

v7: Jesus asks for drink

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”

He could potentially have found a way to get some water himself, but Holy Spirit asks Jesus to open up a conversation.

The woman (who is never named) is shocked. She knows that the hostility between Jews and Samaritans at that time, would usually preclude any interaction.

That Jesus (a lone man) would talk to, let alone acknowledge a woman, was even more radical, given the cultural norms of first century Judea.

She therefore asks Jesus how he can possibly ask her for a drink.

v10: Jesus makes a leading statement

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Holy Spirit gets Jesus to draw her further into the conversation. His statement is based in the real world, but is full of mystery.

She answers with a further question: she now wants to know what this living water is, and where he can get it from. She begins to wonder who this man Jesus is.

v13-14: Jesus speaks a truth about himself

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Now Jesus has hooked her in completely. Importantly, his words becomes a prophetic proclamation, which begins to open up the spiritual realm.

The woman asks if she can have some of this living water.

v16-18: Jesus speaks a word of knowledge

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband.
The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

Holy Spirit gives Jesus these words to say and this is another lever that he uses to bring revelation and blessing to this woman.

She realises he is a prophet and this takes the conversation on towards it’s final trajectory.

It leads Jesus to speak out more prophetic words. He proclaims eternal truths about worship, the people that his father seeks, and ultimately reveals the truth about himself.

v26: Jesus reveals himself to be the Messiah

The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

And the rest, as they say, is history:

The disciples arrive back, the woman runs off to her village and calls her people to meet him.

And it was such a remarkable event, that the gospel writers saw fit to include it in their account of Jesus ministry.

We are later told that many members of that village choose to believe in him, not on account of the woman, but on account of his words and teaching.

Do What The Father Does: A Transaction

Above all, the story of the Samaritan woman reveals a transaction. A transaction between God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Holy Spirit.

It works like this:

  • The Father wants to love someone who he understands perfectly, and he sends a message to Holy Spirit
  • Holy Spirit receives the message and passes it on to Jesus
  • Jesus does what he sees and hears, cooperating with Holy Spirit
  • A miracle happens and the Father is glorified

In this case, Jesus’ simple obedience leads to prophecy and a word of knowledge. The prophetic words unlock an evangelistic miracle, and the glory goes to God.

Jesus is watching and listening to Holy Spirit at every step of the conversation – in great detail.

Do What The Father Does: How We Can Do The Same

We can learn to do the same as Jesus did, as we learn how to cooperate with Holy Spirit. So we too can do what the Father does.

We can do this in three ways:

  1. Seek the anointing of Holy Spirit
  2. Watch what he does and obey
  3. Keep going until he tells us otherwise

Seek the anointing of Holy Spirit

We can be filled with, or full of, the Holy Spirit. This is important for our identity, confidence, and the “fruit of the Spirit” – the character that he wants to give us.

But we also need the Holy Spirit ON us. As I’ve heard it preached, “He’s in me for me, He’s on me for you!”

This is God’s anointing that enables us to minister to others. And it’s crucial, if we really want to make a difference in people’s lives.

With the anointing, comes the spiritual gifts. Just like Jesus with the Samaritan woman, we can never know what our simple obedience may unlock.

This is particularly true with the gift of prophecy. Prophecy often opens up the way for other spiritual gifts to operate, or to be more effective.

Watch what Holy Spirit does and obey

If the Christian life is one of increasing dependence on God, then it’s a life of increasing reliance on Holy Spirit.

To learn to how do this, more and more, we need to focus in on listening to and watching Holy Spirit – in the details of our everyday lives.

I used to think that Holy Spirit would just send me off in a particular direction, and after that, I would be on my own. I have since learned that this is simply not true!

Holy Spirit is present and alert, to our needs, and to the will of the father. His desire is to be intimately involved in every situation, wherever we are. And just as with Jesus, there’s a cooperation, a transaction we can step into.

If we take praying for another person as an example, it happens like this:

  • we seek God on their behalf
  • he gives us something for them
  • we pass it on to them and they are encouraged, healed (or whatever God wants to do)
  • we are blessed in the process and God is glorified!

Keep going until he tells us otherwise

In his discussion with the Samaritan woman, Jesus shows us how he relies on Holy Spirit. The above transaction happens not just once, but several times in the course of their conversation.

And this is how Jesus lived the whole of his life. Every part of it. (Hint: it was his lifestyle)

I don’t have space here to go into this in depth, but the gist of it is this:

  1. As we go through daily life, we choose to stay in a place of intimacy with God.
  2. We may have plans for each day, but we are always watching and listening to Holy Spirit, to see what he wants to do.
  3. When he gives us something specific to do, we continue to listen to him, as we obey.
  4. We continue to obey, until something amazing happens!

Do What The Father Does: Wrapping Up

“I only want to do what I see the father doing” has become my heart’s desire.

While I don’t always succeed, I believe it’s my calling, and my message for others.

And I believe it’s a message for you.

I believe that every follower of Jesus can choose to live in this way. But it’s a choice that we have to make, again and again.

By making that choice, we can be set free, and can set others free.

Will you make that choice too? Will you choose to do what the Father does?

 

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Nov 03

How To Setup Evernote As The Perfect Online Prayer Journal

By Tim Bader | Listening to God

An online prayer journal is always on, available everywhere, quick to edit, and easy to search. Here’s how to organise your journal using Evernote.

Starting a prophetic prayer journal is one of the best things you can do to kickstart your growth in the gift of prophecy.

But once your journal gets beyond a certain size (more than just a few entries) you’ll need a system to keep it in check.

Using Evernote as an online prayer journal enables quick entry and even quicker search – wherever you are.

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Ideally, your system will:

  • Make it easy to add new entries

  • Allow you to find and review older entries quickly

One of the best ways to do that is to keep your prophetic prayer journal online in electronic form.

And one of the best ways to do that is to keep your online prayer journal in Evernote.

In this post, I’ll explain why I think Evernote is the very best way to keep an online prayer journal. Then I’ll take you through the exact steps you can take to organise yours.

Technology For My Online Prayer Journal

I’ve always had a thing for technology. I love working and playing with technology of all kinds. My other website, Ergonomic Toolbox is a testament to that.

Of course, I also love God and I love to spend time in his presence. I pray every day in one way or another, and I listen eagerly to anything he has to say.

Another thing I love to do is combine the different loves of my life in new and interesting ways.

So when I first started my prophetic prayer journal, I wanted it to be accessible from anywhere. Since this meant keeping an online prayer journal, I instinctively set it up inside Evernote.

Why Use Evernote For Your Online Prayer Journal?

Evernote is an electronic note taking app, which you can download on pretty much every platform you can think of. You can access it on:

  • Smartphone
  • PC and Mac

  • iPad

  • Android tablets

  • Directly on the web

I was one of the first people to sign up to the service and I’ve used it for years.

Keeping my online prayer journal in Evernote means that I can:

  1. add new entries wherever I am
  2. organise my online prayer journal how I want

  3. add tags (like special categories) and other data to my journal entries*

  4. quickly search through my online prayer journal

  5. synchronise my online prayer journal to all my devices

  6. have an online backup of every journal entry

[box type=”info”] *Tags and metadata allow me to add another layer of organisation and context to my online prayer journal.

For example, I can add location information to remind me exactly where I was when God spoke to me. I can even view it on a map! [/box]

Most of these could be done in some way or another in a paper and pen system. But it’s the search facility in Evernote that is its “killer feature”:

Evernote search means that I can find and retrieve individual prayer journal entries quickly and easily (in seconds), no matter whether it was added last week or last year.

Reviewing my online prayer journal by reading back through previous journal entries is a big part of how I keep myself close to God.

But to do that effectively, I need a system to organise the details.

If you want to get organised with your online prayer journal, you’ll need a system too. The rest of this post will show you exactly how to do that right inside Evernote.

How To Organise Your Online Prayer Journal In Evernote

Evernote is a very powerful and flexible program, but sometimes that very flexibility can become daunting for a new user.

Whenever we adopt a new system, we need to make it as simple as possible. Otherwise, it becomes more trouble than it’s worth, and we soon end up abandoning it.

For our online prayer journal to be effective, we want to be able to:

  • Enter new prayer journal entries at a moment’s notice
  • Organise those entries to help us keep them all together in a sensible order

  • Find any prayer journal entry we want, quickly and easily

All of this is easily achievable in Evernote, but how do you get started?

Organise Your Online Prayer Journal #1: Install Evernote

If you don’t already have it, the first thing to do is to download and install your copy of Evernote (affiliate referral link).

When you start Evernote for the first time, the app will guide you through the steps to set up an account using your email address.

You’ll use this same account to sign in to the app on whichever platforms you use (e.g. PC, iPhone and tablet). Evernote will then synchronise your information on each and every device, so you’ll have a complete copy of your online prayer journal everywhere you go.

And believe me, Evernote synch is blazingly fast. The whole system is painless to use.

Once the installation has completed and you’re all logged in, you’ll see that the application window has 3 “panes”:

  • On the left hand side is a navigation pane. Here you’ll see headings for Shortcuts, Notebooks, Tags, and so on.
  • In the middle, you’ll see a second pane which lists the notes in the currently selected notebook (if you’ve just installed Evernote, there will just be the one note, to begin with).

  • On the right hand side is the note pane. Here you’ll see the contents of whichever note is currently selected (if you’ve just installed the app, then you’ll see a “welcome to Evernote” note).

You can change how these panes look, but don’t worry about that for now. The important thing to understand is that Evernote uses this 3 pane approach throughout:

Whatever you select in the left hand pane, will determine what notes you see listed in the middle pane. And whatever you select from the list in the middle pane, will determine which specific note is available for editing in the right hand pane.

If this is your first time using Evernote, take some time to familiarise yourself with this system. Add a couple of test notes and click on different options to get a feel for the navigation system, before moving on.

Organise Your Online Prayer Journal #2: Set Up Evernote Notebooks

Like many powerful applications, Evernote has multiple ways to organise things. The temptation for new users is to add lots and lots of what Evernote calls “notebooks”.

Notebooks are similar to folders in Windows and are easy to get a grip on.

This is fine in the beginning, but in my experience, I’ve found it can quickly become unwieldy once you have a large number of notes and notebooks.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep things really simple, with just 2 notebooks.

I’m also going to assume that you’ll end up keeping more than just your online prayer journal inside Evernote. – Once you see the power of the app, you’ll probably add in more stuff, and you won’t want to go back!

When you first sign up and install Evernote, the app will automatically setup a notebook named after your account name. Let’s change its name to something more meaningful and add a second notebook.

Follow these steps to set them up:

  1. Open Evernote and click on the Notebooks option in the left hand pane
  2. Right-click on the notebook that now appears in the central pane

  3. Select Rename Notebook and give it the name “Inbox”

  4. Set the Inbox as your default notebook. On PC, go to Tools > Options > General, then click Select default notebook and choose Inbox in the list. Then click OK. (On Mac, the same option is found under Evernote > Preferences > General)

  5. Click the File menu item and choose New Notebook

  6. Name your new notebook “Cabinet”*

[box type=”info”] *What you call this notebook depends on what you are going to use Evernote for.

If you know you’re going to use Evernote only for your online prayer journal, then name your notebook “Prayer Journal”, and you’re done.

However, bear in mind that some of what you’ll read below may not apply to your situation.[/box]

Ok, we’ve got our basic setup in place. We now need to get it ready for use with the other notes you’re likely to add in later.

I’ve already touched on the limitations of notebooks. A much better method of organisation is to use tags, so that’s our next area of focus.

Organise Your Online Prayer Journal #3: Set Up Evernote Tags

The problem with notebooks in Evernote, is that a single note can only be placed in one notebook at a time.

I’ve got a load of old notebooks I set up in the past, still hanging around. I keep telling myself that I’ll reorganise them some day, but “some day” never really happens.

If I want to add anything to those notebooks, then for any given note, I have to decide which notebook to put it in. Let’s illustrate why this is a problem.

Say I got a prophetic word from the Lord which was for my local church, but it also applied to my personal spiritual life.

If I had a “Personal” notebook and a “Church” notebook, then I wouldn’t know which one to place my prophetic word in. I could put it into the Church notebook, but I’d risk forgetting about the personal application when I later look back at it.

Contrast that with tags and the great thing about them, is that the same note can have more than one tag.

By keeping a single “Cabinet” notebook, all my notes go in the one place (so I don’t procrastinate). I can then add both “church” and “personal” tags to my prophetic word.

That way, I can add the note in quickly, without having to think about it too much – and I never lose track of the context either.

If you’re feeling a bit lost at this moment, don’t worry! It will become clearer as you use the system.

For the moment, just trust me that I know what I’m doing. 🙂

How To Set Up Your Online Prayer Journal Tags

Tags are easiest to add at the time you write a note. The best way of learning is by doing, so let’s have a go:

  1. Add a new note.
  2. Write your prayer journal entry (if you can’t think of anything right now, just add your new note as a placeholder – call it “test” or something).

  3. Click on the information icon at the top of the note (it looks like an “i” in a circle).

  4. You’ll see a line for tags: click where you see Add tag, type the words “prayer journal” and press Enter.

You’ll now see that the tag “prayer journal” has been added to the top of the note. You can add other tags in this same line, if you want, instead of clicking the information icon every time.

Go ahead and add a second tag to your note, called “key moment”. I use this tag to quickly categorise special times that mean a lot to me, or that are particularly profound (I’ll come back to this later).

Now you have your first couple of tags setup. Evernote will remember them.

The next time you add tags to a note, Evernote will show you your existing tags as soon as you start to type. You can then select the one you want from the list, rather than having to enter the whole thing.

How To Use Your Online Prayer Journal

Now we’ve got your online prayer journal set up, I’m now going to show you how to use it!

Adding Journal Entries To Your Online Prayer Journal

The reason I got you to create an “Inbox” notebook was to help with our first goal: to get new entries into your prayer journal as quickly as possible.

When you’re typing in a new revelation, it’s easy to get distracted by thoughts of how to categorise and tag it.

This is particularly true when you receive more than one prophetic word at a time. You can end up forgetting what you wanted to write down in the first place!

So we’re going to avoid that issue entirely, by ignoring tags and notebooks for any new entries.

Instead, all you do to add a new online prayer journal entry is this:

  1. Click the add note button
  2. Write your prayer journal entry

  3. That’s it!

Since we already set up the default notebook to be our Inbox, that’s where our new journal entry will end up.

You may find that the process of writing one prayer journal entry triggers thoughts of another. – Maybe you suddenly remember what God said to you yesterday, or in a dream you had last night.

If so, then add that in as a separate note, and so on, until you’ve written down everything you can:

The important thing is to get the thoughts out of your head and into your online prayer journal.

All done?

Good. Now we can review and organise the notes we’ve just added.

Process Your Online Prayer Journal Inbox

So you’ve got a list of notes in your Inbox notebook, but we don’t want to leave them there. If we do, then it’ll just get cluttered up over time, and we’ll lose track of it all.

For most prayer journal entries, you’ll simply add the prayer journal tag and move it into the Cabinet notebook. This way, you’ll know that you’ve processed it and you can find it again later, easily.

However, there may be times where it will be helpful to add some more detail. This is where processing your journal entries in this way comes into its own.

I’ve lost track of how often I’ve come to look at a particular note and realised I had forgotten some of the details. Or the Lord has begun speaking to me again as I read back through it.

A couple of weeks ago, we were praying together in our church team meeting and the Lord gave me a very clear picture of what was happening across the congregation.

Usually, I would share such a word straight away and “get it off my chest”. However, this time, the Lord told me to hold onto it.

The following day, I started to type it up in my online prayer journal.

As I wrote, the Lord gave me more and more detail for the picture itself. But he also gave me a detailed interpretation which I was then able to share with the rest of team.

If I hadn’t been obedient, then I might have shared this picture straight away. But without the interpretation, I may have left it open to misunderstandings of what the Lord was actually trying to tell us.

So feel free to add more to your journal entries at this point, because you never know what further revelations you might get!

Here’s a couple more ways you can enrich your prayer journal entries:

Dates

When it comes to dates, Evernote is very helpful already:

Whenever you add or update a note, Evernote automatically “stamps” it with today’s date and time.

Tap the information icon on any note. You’ll see that it has a created date and an updated date filled out for you.

You can use these dates to sort your list of notes, so you can see how your prayer journal – and your walk with God – has evolved with time.

I like to add another layer to this, by adding the date into the title of the note. This gives me a quick visual indication from my list of how frequently I have heard from the Lord in different periods of my life.

Another way of categorising things is to add tags for the month and year. For example, by adding a “2017” tag you can use this later to quickly see a list of all the prophetic words you got in that year.

Your mileage may vary: you need to decide how much information is going to be helpful to you.

If in doubt, keep it simple! The less work you have to do up front, the more likely you are to continue using your online prayer journal.

Key Moments

I also use a “key moment” tag to help me categorise my notes.

Over the past year, I have spent a lot of time in prayer as I was leaving one job and moving into another. As it turned out, I ended up with a complete change of lifestyle.

The Lord prepared me for this in a number of ways, one of which was some very special times in his presence. I won’t forget them in a hurry.

During these times, he gave me many encouragements and revelations, all of which I tagged in my online prayer journal with the words “key moment”.

This means when I come to looking back through my notes, I can search for the notes with this tag. I immediately get a list of these significant times, right in front of my eyes.

Review Your Online Prayer Journal

A prayer journal isn’t going to help you much if you don’t take the time to review it, every now and then. That’s true of offline prayer journals too.

I try to spend some time each week to go through at least the most recent entries in my prayer journal. The best way I’ve found to remember to do that, is to have a reminder on my phone.

As I read through, I sometimes add a comment to one of the notes. I could get a new thought or further revelation. Sometimes, this will be to say when and how a particular prophecy came true.

When I do this, I type in today’s date, so later on, I can quickly distinguish between the original prophecy and my update.

Finding Your Online Prayer Journal Notes

Using Evernote to review our online prayer journal is really easy, because we’ve already set it up with the prayer journal tag.

All you have to do is go to your Cabinet notebook (or the “All notes” view), then type the following into the search bar at the top:

tag:”prayer journal”

(Note the use of quotes – without them, Evernote would try to find a tag called “prayer”, not “prayer journal”.)

Now you’ll see a list of all your prayer journal notes for you to read through.

If this is your first time reviewing your online prayer journal, the notes might be in a strange order, such as ordered by title.

We can remedy that by clicking the View menu and choosing Sort by and then Date created (or Date updated).

[box type=”info”]Tip: Make sure to also check the option “Most recent to least recent” in the same menu.[/box]

Evernote will remember the sort order from now on, until you change it. If you use the Windows version, you can also ask it to save the order for the current view, so it will always look the same, even if you change it elsewhere in the program.

[box type=”info”] Tip: To make things even easier, select the Tags option in the left hand pane, locate your “prayer journal” tag in the centre pane, and drag and drop it into the Shortcuts area back in the left pane.

From now on, all you have to do is click on this shortcut: et voilà, your online prayer journal is ready to read!
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Bonus: Online Prayer Journal Evernote Template

If you read my previous article on getting started with your prophetic prayer journal, you’ll know that using a template can help you get down all the important details quickly.

You may also have downloaded the prayer journal template from that post.

Today, I’m going to go one better than that and give you exclusive access to a new version of that template, structured specifically for your online prayer journal in Evernote.

All you need to do is download the template and I’ll send you instructions on how to import it into Evernote.

Once your template is installed as a note, simply copy it to your Inbox whenever you want and you’ll have the headings already there for you. All you have to do is fill in the blanks!

You can get your Evernote template here.

Discussion Question

How do you keep your prayer journal? Online or offline, and why?

Leave your answer in the comments area below.

How To Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal
Sep 22

How To Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal

By Tim Bader | Listening to God

Start keeping a prophetic prayer journal: it can accelerate growth in your prophetic gift. Find out how to start keeping a prophetic prayer journal right here!

One of the best keys to growth in your prophetic gift is to start keeping a prayer journal. But one better than a prayer journal is a prophetic prayer journal.

How To Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal

Previously, we looked at why you need a prophetic prayer journal. To summarise, a prophetic prayer journal:

  1. reminds you of God’s goodness.
  2. enables a heavenly perspective.
  3. validates your direction.
  4. encourages perseverance.
  5. is a key to growth.

If you’ll pardon the expression, a prophetic prayer journal is a prayer journal on steroids. But how do you start keeping a prophetic prayer journal?

Note: I know it can be a bit of a mouthful, so I’ll use “prophetic prayer journal” and “prayer journal” interchangeably throughout this post.
But what I want to get across to you is how to use your journal specifically to improve your prophetic gift and:

  • draw you closer to God.
  • help you hear his voice more clearly.
  • give you confidence in sharing words with others (when prompted by Holy Spirit).

In this post, I’ll go through how you can start keeping your prophetic prayer journal.

We’ll look at how to start writing your very first day in your prayer journal.

I’ll show you a sample prayer journal entry, and how to organise journal sections.

Keep reading right to the end of this post, and there’s a reward in it for you too…

Prophetic Prayer Journal Helps Answer Questions

Sometimes God speaks to us directly and all we have to do is obey. More commonly however, the Lord speaks to us over a period of time, which may take months or years.

I became a writer about five years ago. It didn’t start overnight and I don’t remember getting a direct revelation from God that I should do it.

Instead, I began to hunger for more creativity in my life. I thought that writing might be a good outlet and more importantly, I had a growing desire to help and teach other people. I started off with a small blog on the free Blogger platform, and I prayed as I wrote.

As I made progress with my blog, I wrote in my prayer journal, to see how the Lord might be leading me in this.

Questions, Questions

One of my first questions was whether the Lord was calling me into writing merely as a creative release, or if there was a longer term, perhaps career related goal.

Over time, I reviewed my prophetic prayer journal and began to realise that God had placed this gift of writing within me for a purpose.

I had started to write about ergonomics and I wanted to see people healed so that they could work comfortably and be set free physically.

Later on, I realised that there was a deep yearning within me: to be close to God himself, to worship him and minister to him directly – in the Holy Place, as it were.

As my relationship with him grew, so did my prophetic gifting. It had always been there, but there was an increase and a desire for even more.

Finally, I came to the conclusion that my life calling is to reach out to other people and teach them how to get closer to God, hear his voice and prophesy to others. And that’s what I believe the Lord is now moving me into.

The important thing to understand here is that:

  1. This process took the last five years (probably more, if I think about it carefully)
  2. Many prophetic words and pictures given to me 4 or 5 years ago came true much later
  3. Some of those words are yet to be fulfilled
  4. If I hadn’t written them down in my prophetic prayer journal, I would have forgotten a lot of those words and my personal growth would have suffered

The promise of God is always greater than our current reality.

The promise is always greater than our current reality: it is only as we take intentional steps to grow into maturity, that we are able to take hold of what God calls us to. For me, a keeping a prophetic prayer journal is one of those intentional steps.

How To Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal

There is an ongoing journey and there is always more to learn, but your prophetic prayer journal can help you grow in the unique ways God is calling you to. Let’s see how you can get started today.

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: The Right Tools

I’m going to be really practical here, so let’s begin by talking about tools.

I’ll give you some examples in a moment, but the most important point here is this:

Tools themselves don’t matter. Prayer journaling does, in whatever way makes sense to YOU.

In other words, use whatever tools you’re most comfortable with, that will help you keep journaling.

Here’s some tools you could use:

  • Pen and paper
  • Filofax
  • Electronic notebook
  • Notes app on your smartphone
  • Notes app that syncs between phone, tablet and desktop PC*

*I’m a fan of Evernote (referral/affiliate link: Evernote is free to use, but if you download and install a copy through this link, you’ll get 1 month premium subscription free – and I get points towards premium too).

The best way forward when you are getting started, is to pick one of the tools above and then stick with it.
Chopping and changing between them will just confuse the issue and then you’ll end up not writing anything.

If you want to buy a new diary or notebook for your prayer journal, that’s fine, but don’t wait until you get it:
Write your first few entries on paper, then transfer them across to your new diary when it arrives.

The best way to get going is just to begin writing. You can always start off messy and tidy up later.

And we’re going to start immediately. Yes, you heard me!

You see, what happens if you don’t start straight away?

You’ll forget. You’ll get swamped by other pressures and priorities, that’s what.
So let’s nip that in the bud right now!

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: Your First Journal Entry

Do this simple exercise and then come back (I promise it’ll take you less than 2 minutes):

  1. Go grab paper and pen, or open a new Notepad window on your computer
  2. Pray quickly (even if it’s just in your head)
  3. Write or type whatever comes into your mind

Tips:

  • It doesn’t matter how long or short it is: it could be a couple of sentences, it could be just one or two words
  • The exact subject doesn’t matter. It could be about: something you think God has said, a person you prayed for, or the thing you’re most worried about.
  • It also doesn’t matter if it’s tidy or not.

What matters is that you’ve just written your very first prayer journal entry:
Well done!

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: Keep It Separate

One recommendation I would make: keep your prophetic prayer journal separate to other diaries or notebooks.

By this I mean, either have a complete diary dedicated to your prayer journal, or put your journal entries into their own section.

You want to be able to get to your journal at any moment, when inspiration strikes. You don’t want any confusion with your day to day appointments, shopping lists, etc.

  • Also, you don’t want to throw away your prayer journal entries by accident!

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: Seek God Every Day

In order to grow your prophetic gift, make a point of seeking God every day.

Do whatever you can to begin to build momentum, each day and each week.

You don’t have to make journal entries every day, but you do need to be intentional about growing your gifts.

And the best way of doing that is to spend more time getting close to God. For help on finding time to do that, see this article.

Aim to get something fresh from the Lord for your journal each week, whatever it is.

It’s fine to write something simple on how you felt about your relationship with God that day.

Even if God gives you just an impression of a thought or emotion, it’s still a step forward in your understanding of how to hear him.

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: Sections

How should you organise your prayer journal sections?

To my mind, there are two main ways of organising your prayer journal: by type of entry or chronologically, by date.

Prayer Journal Sections Based On Entry Type

If you’re a very ordered/organised person, you may want to split up your journal entries into sections based on the following “folders”:

  • Bible verses
  • Pictures and dreams
  • Thoughts and impressions
  • Prophetic words from others
  • Interpretations

These will vary greatly according to how God speaks to you.
For example, some people are very visual in their thinking, so they tend to receive lots of pictures and dreams, or impressions of colour and texture. Others love books and reading, so they tend to hear the Lord through the scriptures.

Prayer Journal Sections Based On Date

If you’re the less organised type or more spontaneous, then you may prefer a straight chronological journal, with no special sections at all.

This way, you can see a history of what the Lord has said. The potential downside is you can lose track of where you are, when you come to review it. However, you can get around that by creating a new section for each month and year. A physical diary or Filofax makes this easier as you’ll most likely have a new one for each new year.

Even if you decide to go with prayer journal sections based on Entry Type, I would recommend you still use dates within each section. This will help maintain that all-important history, so you can review where you are more effectively.

Using Evernote To Organise Your Prayer Journal Sections

If, like me, you’re into electronic notebooks on your smartphone/tablet, then there’s a third way to organise your prayer journal sections: Evernote (affiliate link).

You can of course, use any note taking application. However, I like Evernote because I’ve used it for years, but also because I can create a hybrid approach which gives me the best of both worlds.

I get the full chronological history I mentioned earlier, but I can also “tag” journal entries to remind myself of key moments (amongst other things). And I can retrieve them all at a moment’s notice, using Evernote’s built in search functions.

I was going to include a detailed run down of how I set up my prophetic prayer journal in Evernote, but it seems that I have run out of space in this post!

I’ll look to do something on this another day, but if you’re keen to learn more about it, then let me know in the comments area below. Update: you can find out more right here.

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: Sample Entry Template

Beyond setting up your prayer journal sections, there’s a further level of organisation you can use. And that’s to use a prayer journal template for the individual entries.

The great thing about having a prayer journal template, is that it will save you loads of time writing your journal entries. Better still, because it puts the entries into a clear, repeatable format, it makes things much easier to follow when you review them later.

A typical prayer journal entry has several sections. Have a look through them below and at the end of this post, I have a prayer journal template ready for you to download, to help you get started!

A Date

This may be today’s date (the date of the current journal entry) or the date of the prophetic word you received. It’s usually best to pick one and stick with it.

In my electronic version I get both: Evernote automatically allocates today’s date to the note (i.e. the journal entry), while I add the actual date I received that revelation into the note title.

Relevant bible verse

This could be a particular verse the Lord spoke to you directly or directed you to. – Perhaps you came across it in your daily bible reading.

It could simply be a verse you are reminded of. For example, a prophetic word given to you by someone else, may bring to mind a linked bible passage on the same theme.

What God is saying

This is the specifics of what you believe God said to you, or the prophetic words or pictures shared with you by others.

When I write up prophetic pictures I try to put in as much detail as possible: colours, textures, and so on – anything that seems significant at the time. This helps with interpretation, as I mull over it, later on.

Interpretation

Here you put your thoughts and observations on what was said or what you heard.

You may get a very clear direction from the Lord, or you may need to pray more to understand it better. It’s here, and in the next section, where I’m most likely to come back and add more details later.

Other comments

This is a free area to capture anything else that comes to mind. This will help you to weigh what you hear more effectively.

A good way forward is to ask yourself these questions:

  • What does the Holy Spirit say?
  • What is your spirit telling you?
  • How did this make you feel?
  • What lessons did you learn?

You don’t have to fill in all these sections for every journal entry, but they are a good prompt to help you capture everything.

This is particularly true of those times where we have a deep encounter with God through his Holy Spirit. At these times, I tend to find that the Lord continues to speak to me over a period of several days. So I often go back later and add extra thoughts and impressions (with the date I got them, of course!).

Start Keeping A Prophetic Prayer Journal: Round Up + Bonus

To summarise what we’ve said in this article, a prophetic prayer journal helps you to get closer to God and hear what he is saying.

It establishes a written history of your relationship with the Lord, which encourages you as you grow in your prophetic gifts.

You can use any tools you like to write your prayer journal, but the best thing to do is to start now.

To help you kickstart your journal, I’ve got a special bonus available now:
You can download a copy of the prophetic prayer journal template (PDF) featured in this post.

Get your copy using the form below.

5 Reasons To Keep A Prophetic Prayer Journal
Sep 05

5 Reasons To Keep A Prophetic Prayer Journal

By Tim Bader | Listening to God , Prophecy

Don’t know where you’re headed? A prophetic prayer journal helps keep your prayer life on track.

Do you have a record of how God has spoken to you? Do you keep a prayer journal or diary?
5 Reasons To Keep A Prophetic Prayer Journal
If not, then today is the best day to start. But I don’t want you to have just a prayer journal:

I want you to keep a prophetic prayer journal

Here are 5 reasons why I think everyone should have one.

Prophetic Prayer Journal Leads To Redundancy!

As I write the first draft of this post, I have just twelve days left of my current job. And I don’t know quite how the next stage of my life is going to work out.

By the time you read this, I will most likely have a couple more days, or may even have started on my next adventure (scratch that: it has already begun!)

According to the Calling Journey by Tony Stoltzfus, the story of Joseph is a model for the life journey every Christian travels. It includes ups and downs, plateaus, mountains and valleys. And I’ve just been through one of those valleys.

The reason I’m in this place right now, is because I chose to take redundancy from my IT job. It was a step of faith, based on everything the Lord has spoken to me about, for the past 5 or more years.

The scary part is that I don’t know the detail. I may need to take a part time job, or the Lord may open up opportunities I haven’t thought of yet.

However, even though I can’t see the details, I have a clear vision of the big picture.

I know where I’ve come from, and I know what the Lord has called me to. This has been confirmed in a multitude of ways, and the Lord has shown me clearly where I am in my life journey.

I believe this most recent valley was my “valley of identity”, which in the Calling Journey leads into a mountain of fulfilment. I’m looking forward to that fulfilment, but there’s still a lot of climbing to do!

And the reason I’m so sure it’s the right thing to do, is because my prayer journal isn’t any old journal: it’s a prophetic prayer journal.

What’s the difference?

What Is A Prophetic Prayer Journal?

An average prayer journal or prayer diary contains a list of things we have prayed for and the answers to those prayers.

It might also contain bible verses we think God has spoken to us about, or comments about things we have struggled with.

A prophetic prayer journal contains all of that and much more. Here are some of the things mine contains:

  1. Every prophetic word, picture and bible verse ever given to me by other people.
  2. General encouragements from day to day life.
  3. Examples of how the Lord has spoken to me, either directly, or through the beauty of his creation.
  4. My feelings and thoughts about my relationship with the Lord, in different seasons of my life. That includes all the struggles and victories, and the chilled out moments.
  5. Dreams I have received from God in my sleep, along with prayerful interpretations.
  6. A handful of amazing encounters where I have received visions direct from God (I want more!)

Some of these are so personal that I have never shared them with anyone, and possibly never will.

The takeaway here, is that I have a history with my Heavenly Father and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But I learned a long time ago that if I don’t write these things down, I will forget them and they’ll be gone forever. (You may find this strange for a blogger, but I used to hate writing things down!)

This isn’t sentimentality, I need this to survive and thrive. I need to look back over my life, to review that personal history, in order to find my way forward.

There’s a biblical precedent for this:

The Lord continually spoke to his people through the prophets. And they would talk to the Israelites about their past, present and future with God.

You have your own history with the Lord. And he has a plan for your life. Let’s look at what a prophetic prayer journal can do for you.

5 Reasons To Keep A Prophetic Prayer Journal

Here are a few reasons for keeping a prophetic prayer journal:

 

1. A prophetic prayer journal reminds you of God’s goodness

God is good all the time, but it’s easy to forget that simple truth, particularly during a crisis.

At those times, reviewing your prophetic prayer journal shines a light on his faithfulness and reveals his true nature.

 

2. It enables a heavenly perspective

When trouble comes, the temptation is to think in earthly ways.

You can start looking for answers to your prayers in all the wrong places.

But God works outside the ways of this world.

Your prayer journal will help you fix your eyes on Jesus and the answers he has stored up for you.

 

3. It validates your direction

When presented with choices, the bible gives us general guidance.

However, many situations were never envisaged by the writers of the bible.

In those cases, your prophetic prayer journal will lend clarity to specific circumstances:

If you know an action is in line with the bible and in line with God’s personal revelation, then you can have extra confidence in the next step in your journey.

 

4. It encourages perseverance

We don’t always get immediate answers to our prayers.

Sometimes, we can pray for months or even years, before seeing a result: and God’s answer may be quite different to what we imagined.

However, when you re-read words the Lord has spoken consistently to you over those months or years, it can refresh your attitude.

Then you’ll be encouraged to continue seeking him for those answers, in the knowledge that he wants it more than you do!

 

5. It’s a key to growth

When you review your prophetic prayer journal, it gives you confidence in your prophetic abilities (and other spiritual gifts too).

Seeing answered prayers and fulfilled prophecies in black and white on the page proves you can hear God and get it right.

This will spur you on to seek more of God and a greater level of anointing.

 

Prophetic Prayer Journal Needs Review

These are all great reasons to have a prophetic prayer journal, but there’s one more ingredient to make it work well: reviews.

If you’re a productivity nut like me (I have another website dedicated to that), then you’ll know what I’m talking about. You know the importance of reviewing your tasks and projects regularly. It’s the only way to know what’s already been done, and what’s up next.

It’s the same for your prophetic prayer journal. It doesn’t take much time: all you need to do is to set a reminder for yourself to look at it once a week (or how often you think you’ll find it helpful).

You don’t have to read the whole thing every time: just the last few entries will do. They’ll be just enough to encourage you and keep you going until the next review.

Personally, I find a weekly check, then a deeper review, round about once a month, to be about right.

Prophetic Prayer Journal: Just Do It!

The final thing is of course to actually get on and write the thing! Your prophetic prayer journal simply won’t exist until you do.

If you’re not comfortable with writing, don’t worry. The entries don’t have to be long: just enough to remind you of what God said, when you look back at it.

And of course, it doesn’t have to be written. You could dictate it onto your smartphone. You might need to make extra space or time for your reviews, but there’s lots of ways you can get round it.

Stuck Getting Started?

Since you’re still with me, I’m guessing you are ready to begin. However, you may be thinking, “but how do I get started?”, or wondering how you should organise your journal.

Well I have good news for you: next time I’m going to change over from the “why”, to the “how”. I’ll explain exactly how to write and organise your prophetic prayer journal.

And I’m going to show you how to do that using one of my favourite productivity tools. (But it’ll work for anyone and with whatever tools you use, including good old pen and paper!)

On top of that, I’m lining up a NEW bonus for you. So look out for an email to your inbox very soon.

If you’re not yet part of the community, enter your email below to find out more. You’ll get another free bonus, just for signing up.

What the death of Princess Diana taught me about God
Sep 01

What The Death Of Princess Diana Taught Me About God

By Tim Bader | Listening to God

The death of Princess Diana happened twenty years ago, yesterday. At the time, I wasn’t that bothered about it – but God had other ideas.

What the death of Princess Diana taught me about God

It’s been all over the news. It has been twenty years since the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris.

At the time, the event affected the whole nation – and God taught me a valuable lesson about himself.

This week, Princes William and Harry went to a memorial garden to remember the lady who was their “mum”. Many members of the public left flowers at the memorial, in an echo of the national outpouring of grief all those years ago.

Others may have looked on with indifference.

I’m not sentimental about it. I’ve never described myself as a royalist, although I’m far from being a republican. But God taught me some important lessons 20 years ago, which give me pause for thought today.

Death Of A Princess

It began innocently enough: I woke up.

Now, in order to understand the gravity of this, you need to know that I am NOT a morning person. I have improved a little over the years of kids growing up in my house, but even today, I can still be pretty grumpy before my first coffee.

Back then, getting out of bed was a trial by ordeal. My eyes slowly opening to the painful reality of another day, and stumbling about my room in a haze.

But not this time. On this day, I snapped wide awake.

It wasn’t like waking up in a fast-breathing sweat from a bad dream. One minute, I was asleep; then next, it was as though I had been awake for hours.

 

God Speaks To Me

My “spiritual sensors” immediately started firing inside my head, so I asked, “Lord, do you want me to do something?”

He spoke immediately: “Go downstairs”.

So, I went downstairs (marvelling at how easy I found it putting one foot in front of the other), and sat down in the lounge.

I waited for a second, then asked the question, “Now what?”

Then he said, “Turn on the TV”.

I was very surprised about this: normally I thought the Lord spent most of his time trying to get me to switch the thing off! However, I was sure it was the Lord, so I obeyed.

I was confronted with the scenes we are now so familiar with: images of a street, car wreckage and flowers at Buckingham Palace. At the time, it took a few minutes to realise what had happened.

 

Reactions To The Death Of Princess Diana

I must be honest. At the time, I wondered why the Lord had woken me up for this. Why should I be bothered about someone I had never followed in the media and barely ever thought about, except to appreciate a few of her public acts of kindness?

Once again, I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to do?”

He said, “Pray for the nation”.

So that’s what I did. I prayed for the Royal family. I prayed for William and Harry. I prayed for all the people who were grieving, not just for a Princess, but for someone they had idolised. Finally, I prayed that God would be the one that people would turn to.

And that was that. I got on with my day, had my breakfast and went to church. Some friends were genuinely upset. One told us she thought this was God’s judgement because people had worshipped Princess Diana, when they should be worshipping the Lord.

But God wasn’t finished with me yet.

Lessons Learned From The Death Of Princess Diana

Over the next few days, the Lord continued to speak to me about what had happened.

He used it to show me the following truths about himself:

 

1. God knows everything

I’ve always known the theory that the Lord is omniscient and omnipresent, but this was the first time I understood those truths from experience.

While the press and public were struggling to come to terms with what had happened, the Lord knew exactly what had transpired.

He proved that to me, by getting me to do the simple act of switching on the TV.

And yes, Tim, God is awake while you sleep.

 

2. God is in control

While the world might throw unexplainable or shocking events at us, God still has a plan.

He brings good out of every situation, good or bad, and we cannot see all ends.

Perhaps some of the charities and good works would have received less publicity if Diana had lived?

Maybe William and Harry would have turned out differently, had their mother been at their side throughout their teenage years?

And were it not for the death of Princess Diana, maybe the nation would have been different too?

We don’t know the answers to these questions, but God does.

 

3. God’s agenda may be different to ours

God truly is interested in everything that happens on this earth – and in everyone who lives on it.

Even those people I’m not really interested in.

He cares about everyone, whether they are royalty, or not.

 

That’s what Jesus came to do.

He died to reconcile us all, so that there might be no Jew or gentile, no slave or free, no barriers between us, and full access to God (Galatians 3:28).

The Lord taught me that no matter how much respect I have for a person, he loves them through and through.

Above all, God is in charge of history, the present, and the future.

 

Question: Have you ever had an experience where God directly intervened in your day? What happened?

Let us know in the comments section, below.

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Sep 28

The Lord Is My SatNav – A Prayer For Drivers On Their Way Home

By Tim Bader | Listening to God

Tongue In Cheek

This is somewhat ‘tongue in cheek‘, although I do believe that the Lord has a sense of humour too.
Public domain, via Pixabay

Public domain, via Pixabay

I was thinking of how many times the Lord has got me home in different circumstances.

As a commuter by car to my place of work, there have been so many times I have been stuck in traffic, or have taken a detour to avoid said traffic and then got lost.

But each time, I always pray and the Lord always comes through for me. Either the traffic has cleared up, or he has given me the patience that I needed, or he has shown me the way.

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