VERSE: I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard . . .REVELATION 1:10, NKJV

John was in some kind of deep devotional or worshipful frame of mind when he heard the Lord speak.

He was probably not talking about a particular day of the week—the phrase “the Lord’s Day,” or “the day of the Lord,” is almost always used in Scripture to refer to judgment and is never used to refer to a Sabbath.

And what does he mean by being “in the Spirit”? Is he in a vision or a trance leading up to the time that he sees heaven opened? Or is he simply in sync and in deep fellowship with the Spirit? Regardless of these details, we can draw some pretty clear conclusions: John was in some kind of deep devotional or worshipful frame of mind when he heard the Lord speak.

In the book of Revelation, we see God's voice manifested in a variety of ways. Some are literal, some are symbolic, and some are figurative. All of them point to the fact that God speaks through us, and He does so in many different ways.

Does that mean we always need to be in some meditative state to hear God’s voice? Of course not. After all, there are some rather exceptional aspects to the visions of Revelation; it’s not exactly a pattern to follow. It does, however, point to a dynamic that occurs often in Scripture.

A well-cultivated, meaningful relationship with God creates an environment in which we are much more likely to hear Him speak. He sometimes comes upon the unsuspecting —Moses and Paul are notable examples —but He more often draws near to those who have come near to Him. Just as we recognize the voices of those we spend the most time with, so will we recognize God’s voice as we spend ample time with Him. What begins as a whisper grows into a shout if we are in close fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

We all need to take a break from time to time. It’s a chance to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and just be alone with God.

It’s also a chance to get together with other believers, who can help us draw closer in worship, in prayer, and even in just resting in His presence. Time is never better spent than when we spend it in fellowship with God’s Spirit. That’s where relationships deepen, and deep relationships are where He loves to speak.


Holy Spirit, I offer myself to You —to be “in” You, on any day, and to hear whatever You want to say. Draw me into the closeness of the relationship that causes You to want to share Your heart.

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