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That Familiar Voice

  • Yahweh called Samuel again the third time. He arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; for you called me." Eli perceived that Yahweh had called the child. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down. It shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, Yahweh; for your servant hears.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Yahweh came, and stood, and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak; for your servant hears." 1 Samuel 3:8-10 WEB.

    It was dark in the tabernacle except for the flickering light of the lamp of God, which burned from evening to morning. The young boy Samuel was lying on his bed when God suddenly called him by name. He got up and ran to his mentor, Eli, the high priest, who was sleeping down the hall.

    Samuel woke him up and said, "Here I am!" For Samuel thought it was Eli who had called him. Eli told him that he did not call him and to lie back down. The Lord called to Samuel three times like that. Each time, Samuel thought it was Eli calling him and ran to him with, "Here I am."

    After Samuel woke him up for the third time, Eli realized it was the Lord calling him. So he told Samuel to go lie back down and if he heard the voice again to say, "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening." Samuel did as Eli instructed him, and the Lord told him many things that were soon going to change in Israel. Something important to note about this story is that Samuel thought that the voice of the Lord, the One he heard speaking to him, was that of Eli, his mentor.

    I have often found that the Lord will speak to me through a familiar voice like that in my own life. It may be something that a mentor or a pastor once said to me. A teaching or a song comes back to my remembrance at just the right time. It can be so natural that it is easy to miss, and we may not even recognize that it is the Lord speaking to us until things start to change. You may feel that you are just remembering something. Yet later, it is easy to see that it was Him guiding us all along.

    "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you." (John 14:26).

    During your day, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen for that small "familiar" voice. We have all heard it, but most of us do not recognize Him. The voice that is nudging you to do the right thing is the one. It just may be that the Lord wants to tell you something, and a timely word from the Holy Spirit changes everything.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please speak to me in a way that I understand and teach me to know when it is You. I really want to know Your voice and to follow You closer. I want to walk and talk with You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Ooh Lord Jehovah, I pray that I will acknowledge and understand when you are speaking and guiding me Lord for I desire to be your child because I am nothing without you! Thank you Lord Jehovah for all you do for me and all of us in the name of Jesus we pray, Amen
Feb 24
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Feb 24
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father,  Thank you for all my Blessings. Without you I am nothing. Amen

 

Feb 24
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Help me to know your voice Holy Spirit.  Help me to hear and always be listening.  I need you Lord everyday.  Amen 

Feb 24
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Yvette York
Yvette York

I want to always recognize your voice when you speak to me father help me to listen carefully Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Feb 24
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Feb 24
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

In jesus name amen 

Feb 24
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, thank you for all our blessings.You are everything to us. Amen 

Feb 24
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

Feb 24
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you for your timing Father your the best

Feb 24
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Speak to me Lord, in a way that I can understand,  Amen,  Amen! 

Feb 24
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I humbly ask You to teach me to hear Your voice in a way I can understand and follow Your word to do what You are leading me to do. I thank You for all Your blessings and care You are providing me, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Without You I'm nothing, Amen. 

Awesome message Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Feb 24
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

My prayer today, Lord, to know Your voice and to follow You closer! AMEN

Feb 24
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, please speak to me in a way that I understand and teach me to know when it is You. I really want to know Your voice and to follow You closer. I want to walk and talk with You today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Feb 24
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Feb 24
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

Feb 24
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! Just a closer walk with You, Lord!

Feb 24
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Heavenly Father help me to be receptive of your wishes. Please be receptive to me Lord. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Feb 24
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 26