Sunday, July 24, 2016

Daniel Payne Heard God Speak to Him

Daniel Payne
Tomorrow morning Linda and I travel to Dayton, Ohio. I will be teaching my Spiritual Formation class at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.

A good portion of my class will be on hearing and discerning the voice of God so as to be leaders who are led by the Spirit of God. Daniel Payne himself heard from God. Tonight I'm home re-reading a biography of Daniel Payne, after whom Payne Seminary is named, and read this:

"Several weeks after his conversion, Payne received an “irresistible and divine” impression during an afternoon prayer. A voice spoke to him saying, “I have set thee apart to educate thyself in order that thou mayest be an educator of thy people.” Thus began Daniel Alexander Payne’s lifelong mission to improve the educational condition of his people." (Thabiti Anyabwile, The Faithful Preacher: Recapturing the Vision of Three Pioneering African-American Pastors, p. 76).

In my book Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God I write about hearing and discerning the voice of God.