A Prayer to Speak When God Moves
By: Chelsey DeMatteis
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. - John 16:13
Each year as my website contract ends, I fill out a survey of my experience and any changes I'd like to see. I answer these very honestly and always mark the box that says I’d love to talk with a representative on the phone to go over my answers. This year's phone call unfolded a little differently and praise be to God for it!
The phone call started with all the regular matters, going through the changes I’d like to see, and ways to make what they sell better. As I could tell the phone call was wrapping up, I interjected and said, “there is one more thing I'd like to share with you today, and I really want you to hear my heart in what I say.”
The door was open and the young man on the other end of the phone said he was all ears. I then shared with him about the many emails I’d been receiving over the last 12 months that left me feeling queasy inside. Emails are being sent directly from their company about supporting things that I feel very strongly against. I prayed at that moment that he heard me loud and clear that I was against the movements, not the hearts of the broken people.
He responded in a way I wasn’t expecting; with full understanding and a thankful heart for what I shared. He proceeded to tell me that he believes many people like me probably feel afraid to share what I had said. He said he was grateful that he had the opportunity to hear me share my thoughts in such a kind, assertive, clear manner.
I pray this encourages you today. You see, when the Spirit moves in our hearts to share, we must move! The Lord made a way for me to not just share with this company that has provided me a service for years, but I got to share with this young man's heart, for whom God deeply cares.
John 16:13 was spoken when Jesus was sharing what would take place once He ascended into heaven. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” We cannot forget this, His Spirit guides only into truth: His truth. The truth that this hurting, dark world needs.
As we continue journeying on in this world, trust in the Lord as He moves, follow His leading as He directs your heart, and remember that the Lord is for His people. Though conversations can be difficult, when they are God-led, they pierce the hearer's heart in a way only He can.
Pray with me...
Thank you for blessing us with the gift of the Holy Spirit. I pray that as I lean into your Spirit, I will be obedient to follow your direction. I pray for conversations to unfold that allow me to share Your heart and Your truth. Your deep love for us is gracious and powerful, and it changes everything. I love you, Lord!
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Chelsey DeMatteis is a wife, stay-at-home mom, author, devotional writer, and the host of the Living With Less podcast. You can find more about Chelsey at her website - www.ChelseyDeMatteis.com.
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