Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. –Matthew 11:28 NIV
In his book Too Busy Not to Pray, Bill Hybels offered these tests to know if a “prompting,” is coming from God. I’ve found these to be quite helpful in my own life:
- Is it consistent with scripture? Check it against what God says in scripture. He would never tell you to do something He has said not to do in the Bible.
- Is it consistent with God’s gifts to you? God’s promptings are usually consistent with the person He made you to be. Hybels offers the example of the person who’s uncomfortable around children, yet thinks God is prompting them to become a teacher. Hybels asks, “Is God asking you to do this difficult thing because there is no one else who will do it? Is he asking you to stretch into new areas so that your unique gifts will grow? Or is this perhaps not a God inspired prompting at all, but rather a distraction from the task God has given you to do?”
- Does it involve servanthood? God’s promptings usually involve servanthood. Hybels says “many counterfeit promptings are fairly easy to discern, because they are self-promoting or self-serving.”
- Proceed with caution. Hybels implores readers that if a prompting requires major life-changing decisions in a short period of time, going deeply into debt or placing someone else in a position of awkwardness or danger, requires you to jeopardize family relationships or important friendships, or creates unrest in the spirits of mature Christian friends or counselors…then question it and proceed carefully.
Amelia Rhodes, www.ameliarhodes.com
- Pray that God would help you discern the gifts He has given you.
- Thank God for speaking to you through your prayer times.