My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27 (HCSB)

The start of 2024 is quite a blur to me. Over the entire month of January, starting on the 2nd, I was sick, like really sick! At one point, during a raging coughing fit, I felt what was like a roundhouse head kick to my left ear. I suddenly was deafened and filled with excruciating pain. When I finally got into see the ENT doctor he simply said, “you’ve got a gnarly infection!” My ruptured ear drum wasn’t the concern, but getting this ear infection under control was VERY important. For several months I had a strange sense of deafness out of that ear (like a blind spot in my hearing). But now, in July, in light of whatever hit me in January, the only thing that lingers is a very loud ringing. Funny thing was, when I was finally cleared by my ENT doctor, he sat down and said let’s now talk about the ringing in your ear. I was ready for a solid plan to attack it, but he simply said, “IGNORE IT!”

The reason I share this is, the Lord has led me to use this as a reminder to pray, even contend, for ears that are blocked and/or distracted to be opened to hear what the Spirit is saying to His church today. I’m praying for us as individual parts, as local churches and as the citywide church to hear! Also, for us to ignore the sounds and things that are seeking to distract us in this hour. We need to hear what God is saying to us in this season, and He is speaking quite clearly!

May our ears be open to hear what both Jesus (John 10:27) and the Holy Spirit is saying right now. This hour of gross darkness (Isaiah 60:2) is the perfect backdrop for Jesus to be revealed through His people. The whole earth WILL be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord (Habakkuk 2:14). We absolutely need to hear so we can follow where Jesus leads (John 10:27), and to stay in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

Pray that your ears would be open to hear what the Spirit is saying now! Pray for your pastor’s ears to be opened and that they would be aware of every form of blockage, distraction and deafness, and that they themselves would begin crying out to hear better. Pray that the Church in our city would have ears to hear what Jesus is saying, and to follow Him wherever and however He leads. Pray that across our city the spiritual infection would be dwelt with and completely healed through repentance, confession, humility and unity! Cry out that we would be able to ignore the loud ringing and hear His silent whispers!