“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate out for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Acts 13:2; NKJV
Barnabas and Saul were back in Antioch after bringing much needed assistance to the church in Jerusalem. As they were serving the Lord, praying and fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke. Ever wonder how that happened? Did they hear an audible voice? Did they sense a word in their spirit? The Spirit said.
If they could hear the voice of the Holy Spirit, could we? The people who made up the church in Antioch were not much different than we are. They believed that Jesus was their Savior and King. They believed that their King had a message that could save people from their sin. So, what made them different?
They listened for the Spirit to speak. I am convinced that the reason we don’t hear the Spirit is because we don’t want to hear Him. We have our own agendas and He doesn’t always fit in. But to a people who are not willing to do anything until the Spirit speak, but who are also eager to do something, He will speak.
They served the Lord. How is our service? Are we willing? They prayed with eager hearts to hear His voice. They fasted.
Hmmm. Fasting. Seems as though every time I begin to fast, all I can think about is a piece of pizza or a hamburger. Fasting is important because it makes us choose between the flesh and the spirit. We become more spirit-minded rather than flesh-minded.
So, do you want to hear from the Spirit? Serve. Pray. Fast. Listen. You shouldn’t be, but you’ll probably be surprised when He speaks.