This lifestyle I’m talking about—of hearing God’s Word as daily bread, of having the Holy Spirit speak to us daily and personally—was the lifestyle of Jesus Himself. He didn’t merely preach it; He practiced it….Jesus began each day listening to the Father. Here are some of the results that followed from His listening to the Father like that each day.
First of all, He had words of encouragement for others. Secondly, He received personal direction for each day Himself. Thirdly, He received obedience. (You know, hearing God’s voice produces obedience.) Fourthly, He received strength to go through all that He had to go through. He needed more than human strength. He needed supernatural strength, and He received that through hearing the Father’s voice. Fifthly, He received determination. He said, “I’ve set My face like a flint; I’m not turning back.” [See Luke 9:51.]
All that came to Jesus through hearing the Father’s voice—and hearing God’s voice will do the same for us as it did for Jesus. We need to cultivate that habit of letting the Lord waken our ear each morning that we may hear His voice first thing.