Listening to God   Leave a comment

Perhaps this will sound familiar to you…

“Dear God,

It’s me again.  I’m sorry that I haven’t had much time for you lately, but you know how busy I’ve been.  Please forgive me for all of my sins.  Take care of my family as we continue to run in circles with our out-of-control schedule.  Forgive us for missing that stuff at church that we wanted to attend.  Be with the sick, and help me live a better life for you.  Sorry, but I’ve got to go again.  We’ll talk more later. 

Love, Me

PS – Please help me understand your will for my life because I can’t seem to make sense of what you want me to do.”

For some Christians, the above offers a complete summary of their prayer life.  It’s a quick little shopping list of problems & pleas, maybe accompanied by an occasional praise.  Often, there is a plea for God to show His will for our lives, but it seems to be an afterthought.  Some people struggle with that question for long periods of time, but then give up and just give an occasional request for information.

The problem with all of this is that prayer, for many, is simply a one-way conversation.  Have you ever spoken to your spouse, child, parent or anyone else and refused to give them the opportunity to speak back to you?  What would your marriage (or other relationships) look like if you were the only one speaking? 

In prayer, how can you expect God to communicate with you if you never listen?  God gave you one mouth and two ears, which one do you think you should use more in prayer?  God speaks to us in many ways.  He reaches to us through His Bible, the church, preaching & teaching, our circumstances, and other believers.  But please understand that prayer needs to be near or at the top of that list!

When Samuel first heard the Lord’s voice, he was confused. (1 Samuel 3:1-10)  He went to Eli and asked why he called.  Eli understood that it was God calling the boy, so he simply instructed Samuel to respond to the voice.  Then, the conversation with God began (v.11).  It was only when Samuel understood that God Himself was trying to communicate with him that he began to listen carefully for the Lord’s voice.

What is God trying to communicate with you?  Spending time listening in your prayers will greatly increase your opportunity to clearly understand God’s will for your life! 

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