More than 20 years ago I met a lovely young Christian woman who talked passionately about eating healthy, growing your own vegetables and God's plan for our health. I remember listening to her and realizing that I wasn't really 'hearing' her. Somewhere in my heart I knew she was right but I wasn't able to repent of my ways. And I knew it.
But about 9 years ago, the Lord took me on a journey. He told me to study 'light' both in the Word and in science. And through that study, I began to understand what this woman was talking about and make changes in my life.
Jesus talks about having "ears to hear" (Matthew 11:15). He often encountered people who could not 'hear' what He was saying. I have learned, the hard way, that people often are not willing to hear what God is saying. I have learned to listen to the Holy Spirit before ever speaking to someone what's on my heart. I have learned that speaking before they're ready to hear can often cause their heart to harden.
He told me that when He reveals Himself, people have two choices; they can say, "Yes" or they can say, "No." Because He knows their hearts, He chooses wisely to wait until they're ready to say, "Yes."
We need to follow this wisdom. Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing and He only said what He heard the Father saying. We need to listen carefully before we speak or act.
Often times I have wanted to share with people but stopping to ask My Father has caused me to remain silent.
But God also tells us that "the prayers of righteous avail much!" (James 5:16) I like the Amplified version. The earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available (dynamic in its working.)
Earnest, heartfelt, continued prayers can open ears! Continued prayers can soften a heart and make a way for a person to 'hear' the love of the Holy Spirit. And maybe you'll never get to say what's on your heart, but someday, somewhere, someone will share what was on your heart - what is on the Father's heart - and the person will 'hear.'
love and blessings~