The Sound of Jesus' Voice

“My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (MSG)
I love the sounds of my family’s voices. I couldn’t wait until my kids began talking so I could hear the unique tones of their chirpy child-chatter.
While I have to admit I’m not thrilled when those sounds fizzle into whining, and I relish the quiet after my young ones and their vocalization are put to bed for the night, I adore the tones I recognize as Paxton’s and Calianne’s. And my husband’s voice is home to me, the one I waited thirty years to hear for the rest of my life.
I also love knowing that Jesus recognizes their voices and mine from among the gazillions He knows throughout the millennia. This morning I’m wondering what Jesus’ voice sounds like. Words that come to mind include peaceful, strong, gentle, firm, confident, reassuring, soothing, healing, convicting, heavenly, hope, final... forever.
When He worships His heavenly Father, surely it’s more breathtaking than anything my mind can conceive. He wants us to know His voice from among the others that call to us. He spoke of His followers not just knowing His voice, but trusting it enough to follow, like sheep with their shepherd. We trust because we know the Person behind the voice. Do you recognize Jesus speaking to you?
Consider the effects of His voice in comparison with others. If what you’re hearing is confusion, it isn’t His because He is Lord of peace and order (1 Corinthians 14:33, nasb, ESV). If you’re hearing condemnation, that isn’t from Him either, because He convicts His followers in order to grow us, whereas Satan criticizes to destroy (John8:42–47; 1 Peter 5:8). Fear? Not Jesus’ voice either, because He is perfect love who drives out fear (1 John 4:18). I pray Jesus will help me hear accurately.
Faith step: Make a list of several effects of God’s voice and then a list of corresponding but opposite effects of Satan’s voice (ex: God’s voice soothes; Satan’s voice panics; comforts vs. worries; leads vs. pushes; forgives vs. accuses).

Prayer for Spiritual Healing

Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me and for calling me to come closer to you;
Thank you for never giving up on me even if I have often strayed away from you.
For the many times you have been faithful to your promises despite all
my unfaithfulness, sins, failures, and weaknesses.
Thank you for your concern for my spiritual life and for planting in
me this desire to draw closer to you.
Thank you for your healing mercy and forgiveness for the many ways
I have offended you in my thoughts, words and actions.
I come before you now with a humble heart asking, seeking, knocking and
hoping to experience your loving healing presence.
I come seeking healing for many times of prayerlessness due to laziness
or giving higher priority to my other interests and activities.
Heal me for the times I have depended on my own efforts
or the efforts of others and disregard you.
For the times I was blinded by my self-centeredness and many
worldly concerns and easily gave in to temptations.
Search me, O God, and help me see the areas in my life that need
your healing love and mercy.
Create in me a clean heart.
Give me the grace to put you as first priority in my life at all times
and to turn away from sin or occasions and influences that lead to sin.
Teach me to pray and give me the desire to pray as often as I can.
Lift me up when my prayer seems dry and empty when I feel
as though my prayers are not being heard.
Strengthen me with patience and perseverance when trials
and obstacles make me feel like giving up.
Guide me in the right path that leads only to you.
And dearest Lord, draw me near to you always, and let my spirit
be filled with your power and healing presence.
I pray these in Jesus’ name through Mary and all the angels and saints.Amen.