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“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:” (Revelation 2:1)

The One who spoke all things into existence speaks.  Do we listen?  The world goes on and people do what they feel like doing.  All is not well in the world.  This letter is written so that those who have ears may hear and respond.  Listen to the One who has called you by name.  Be guided by the word of truth He has spoken for your salvation.  Come into His presence and walk humbly with Him.

Lord, I have heard Your word, but too often it goes in one ear and out the other.  Help me to learn how to truly listen and hear when You speak.  All authority and power are in Your hands.  You alone can speak out of nothing and create something.  Guide me, Lord, to listen and respond.  Lead me to walk faithfully with You and to be led by Your word of truth, hope, and comfort.

Lord Jesus, the One who speaks, help me hear what You say.  Whether it is through Your word, in the soft, still voice of Your Spirit, or through the mouth of another, guide me to learn how to discern.  You said the sheep know Your voice.  Help me to recognize Your voice in the noise of the world so that I may learn and grow in the way of life that You have established through faith.  Amen.