Jesus has taught me that the more childlike and simple I am in my faith, the more easily I will receive from Him those things for which I am praying.
Jesus said some interesting things about the simplicity of little children. Just think about it for a moment… To a little child, if Daddy has promised something that he or she is longing for, they just know that Daddy will keep his word. They are very likely to tell anyone who will listen, “Daddy’s going to give me…” or “Daddy’s going to take me to…” Little children don’t doubt for a moment that Daddy will keep his word.
To a little one it’s a done deal because Daddy always keeps his word. Always!! It is not surprising, therefore, that Jesus said, “Whoever humbles himself like a little child is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:4). Little children have total faith in Daddy.
In many places in the gospels, Jesus taught the absolute necessity of believing that we will receive what we ask for. The emphasis is mine in the Scriptures below:
“And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” Matthew 21:22
“All things are possible to him that believes.” Mark 9:13
“Verily, I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20
How I began to hear Jesus
During my student days in London in the mid-1960s, when I had known Jesus for barely five years, a friend whom I greatly respected because she was at Bible College and knew so very much more than I did, told me that it was possible to hear Jesus speaking in our prayer times. I hadn’t heard about that before and decided to give it a go. In my next quiet time I said “Jesus, *Jean has told me says it’s possible for me to hear You speaking. I would really like to hear You speaking to me, please.” That is all I said — then I simply expected Jesus to start speaking to me. He did so straightaway, and has been speaking to me ever since that day.
[the *name has been changed]
I do not mean that I heard an audible voice! No, certainly not! But what began for me, like for scores of my Christian friends, is that Jesus started to speak clearly to me in my spirit, deep down in my innermost being — the real me. It was something like when you suddenly have a thought such as, “Oh, I must phone Mum today” — an unmistakably clear impression. We do not hear voices! I do hope I’m making that clear!
For many years I have been journaling: writing up in my journals what Jesus has said to me day after day during my quiet time. Re-reading these precious entries at a later date is always a great blessing to me; it is also a challenge — and sometimes a much-needed rebuke too.
We must listen if we want to hear Jesus
A thrilling, much deeper, walk with Jesus now began for me. He spoke loving words of encouragement day after day and made the Bible come alive. He also spoke much-needed words of correction from time to time. One day Jesus said, “Every single thing I do in your life is for your highest good” Everything that Jesus says or does is always done in love, because He IS love. In my journals, I have been keeping a record of all these precious words of Jesus so that I may be able to turn to them again and again.
For the Bible record that Jesus does indeed speak to to those who belong to Him, turn to the gospel of John, chapter 10, where Jesus refers to Himself as a Good Shepherd who knows His sheep (verse 14). He goes on to say in John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
Gems from Jesus
As I was looking back through some of my journals, Jesus highlighted a number of entries for me to include here in case they may also be a blessing, an encouragement, or perhaps a challenge, to you as well.
§ Jesus said, “Obedience is the key.” I had asked Him to take me deeper into His heart.
§ Jesus said, “As you spend more time lingering in My presence in worship, I am drawing you deeper into My heart. Spend longer in worship throughout the day. If only all My children knew the difference this would make in their lives.”
§ On another occasion, Jesus spoke again about going deeper, “There is so much more for you to enter into — for you to enjoy. Worship and Instant Obedience are the keys.”
§ When distracting thoughts were bothering me, Jesus said, “Do not become distracted, beloved. When you fell in love with your husband you only had eyes for him. What’s the difference? Keep your eyes on Me.”
§ Jesus said, “You only see your sins… your failures… how you feel you messed up. But I see your yearning to please Me. I see the progress, I see the victories over temptation. Yes, I see the sins too, and I am here to give you more grace to overcome, if you ask Me. So often, beloved, you do not receive because you do not ask.” [see James 4:2]
§ Jesus said, “Everything you do can be an act of worship to Me. Think about this, and offer to Me everything you do, however ordinary, and everything that you find trying and burdensome. See Me in everything. I AM there.”
I suddenly found myself remembering something very cutting and unkind that had been said to me many years ago. Jesus said, “I know; I was there, beloved. I feel for you in everything you have to endure. But remember, every single thing that happens to you is something that you can offer to Me in acceptance with joy. Do you understand what ‘the sacrifice of praise’ means? This is what it is, because it truly IS a sacrifice to praise Me for something that hurts you… just as you are learning to do with your physical disabilities and pain. [See Hebrews 13:15]
§ As I was looking out of the window at my beautiful little Olive tree basking in the sunshine on the patio, Jesus said, “That’s how you should be — drinking in the sunshine of My presence. I’m waiting for you to come to Me.”
§ Jesus said, “Stop looking at the clock, beloved! There is NO time in Heaven — in eternity!”
§ Jesus is giving me ongoing training in Obedience. He has shown me that only Instant Obedience is obedience; and delayed obedience is, in fact, disobedience. During a prolonged heatwave last year, as I was about to check the BBC Weather app for the day, Jesus asked me, “Did I tell you to do that?” I put my phone down immediately and asked Him for grace always to be instantly obedient.
§ One day, as I was wishing that my spiral bound reporter pads had a stronger front cover because they tear so quickly, Jesus broke into my thoughts, saying, “Be content with such things as you have!”
§ Very recently, as I was thinking about the way certain people react to me, always trying to put me down, Jesus broke into my thoughts: “Try to see everyone through My eyes, My Bride. They have deep hurts that you know nothing about. Some have suffered in ways you cannot even begin to imagine or understand, and that makes them what they are. I will help you to see them as I see them. Let Me love them through you, beloved. Let Me speak to them through you. You are My chosen vessel to reach those who come into your life.
“Just think for a moment: how different would you be if you saw My children as I Myself see them? Wouldn’t you LOVE them more… CARE for them more… PRAY for them more? This will be a significant breakthrough in your life, My beloved, if you respond to what I’m showing you.
Jesus continued, “Leave the shallows behind and launch out into the deep with Me, and you will be filled with wonderment. Come! What is hindering you? Trust Me. I am here — waiting for you to open your heart to Me and let Me gently massage it, healing those wounds you still have. And then I will set you gloriously free to reach out in Love to those who are in need of your help.”
As Jesus was saying these words to me, Julie True was softly singing ‘Stir up the Love’ in the background: ‘Take me back to my first love. Don’t let my love grow cold, Jesus. Don’t let my heart grow cold. Stir it up! Stir it up! Stir up the love… Stir up the love in my heart. Capture my heart. Don’t let my heart grow cold, Holy Spirit, lead me in the way of righteousness …Don’t let my heart shut down to You… Don’t let my childlike faith go away… Don’t let my love grow cold… ”
[See my note at the end on the blessing of playing Worship music]
The Lord’s Supper: Highlight of Every Day
Jesus continued, “Spend much more time with Me, beloved, much, much more. I am always waiting for you, waiting… waiting… waiting for you to come to Me. I yearn for you to be with Me. I wish you believed Me when I say that the time you spend WITH Me means so much more to My tender heart of love for you than the time you spend working FOR Me. I am waiting now for us to become One as you receive Me in Your Lord’s Supper. This means so much to Me, My Bride, and I have so many graces for you. Linger longer.”
A little later, during my Lord’s Supper, Jesus said to me, “We are One, My beloved: I in you, and you in Me; we are inseparably One. How I cherish times of Communion with My beloved children!”
For two or three years I have been taking Holy Communion every day on my own at home. I am disabled and housebound, and haven’t been able to go to church for many years. It’s extremely rare for me to have any visitors, apart from my twice-daily care-giver’s visits, and the occasional home visit from a doctor or nurse. Holy Communion is a particularly powerful source of strength to me, drawing me much closer to Jesus and helping me to grow in the Lord. I endeavour to spend as long as I possibly can in worship before my Communion.
Note from So Greatly Loved
Our Worship is very important indeed to the Lord. Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well that our Heavenly Father is always seeking true worshippers: those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23)
It is a great blessing to spend prolonged periods of time in worship during the day, listening to anointed worship music and pouring out the love of our hearts to the Lord. The international Prayer Warrior team to which I’m privileged to belong, is encouraged to do this. We make our own playlist of worship songs that speak deeply to us and set it on Shuffle, trusting the Holy Spirit to play the pieces of His choice for us. It is awesome to see Him working in this way.
I find iTunes extremely good value for money. I like Julie True’s worship music very much and have several of her albums. The photo is a screenshot that I took on my iPad. The Holy Spirit anoints her songs beautifully. Another favourite of mine is Terry MacAlmon, whose worship resembles the worship in Heaven, being similar to what we read in the Book of Revelation.
In my next blog post I will share another personal testimony.
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