Day 20, “Acts 9:10 - Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
Hearing God’s voice can be a dangerous proposition. Ananias received a vision from God and his first response was, “Here I am Lord.” He was open and willing to do the Lord’s bidding. And yet when he found out what the assignment was, he hesitated and questioned the Lord (Acts 9:11-14). I don’t think this reflects Ananias’ lack of faith as much as it reveal Saul’s notorious reputation.
So many times we get the call of God, but then we run into walls of difficulty that test our commitment to the call. This is what leaders call a crisis of belief. It is that moment when our faith is tested and our true belief in God is revealed. God does not expect blind obedience. He has called us into a relationship, and through that relationship we wrestle with His missional purposes as they are worked out in our lives.
In the end Ananias trusted God and brought God’s message to Saul (Acts 9:17-19). It all started with a dangerous prayer, “Here I am, Lord.” In other words… I am listening.
Prayer for Today:
“Jesus, I am open and I am ready.
Make me willing to do ask You desire.
Fit my focus to Your call,
And prepare me for today’s interactions.
I want to be ready to hear when You speak,
And I desire to faithful go where You lead.
Bring me to a deeper place of obedience today.
In Your name and for Your glory, Amen.”
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