Prayer ; a two-way conversation
Always talking, but never hearing a WORD
I was listening to a talk radio program the other day. As the show began to take callers, I grew increasingly annoyed with a specific caller’s refusal to pause what he was saying and allow the host to respond to his question. It was a chaotic and one sided conversation. The caller lead off with a legitimate question and appeared to be sincerely seeking the answer. However, his refusal to stop talking and listen eventually frustrated the host to the point of hanging up and taking other calls.
We all know people who dominate conversations. There is always one relative, one friend or co-worker that never stops talking long enough to get the response that they say they want. Have you ever contrasted the amount of time that you spend talking to the time you spend listening while you are praying? Many of us learned to pray by chanting cute prayers over meals, or reciting poetic prayers that have been passed down. I wonder how many of us are as good at listening for the response of the Father as we are at asking Him for help?
God doesn’t just hear you. He doesn’t simply listen when you cry out; He also responds. The struggle that many of us have is understanding that prayer is more than just us talking to God. It’s also about listening for His response. In the case of Samuel the prophet, He had to learn as a young boy to stop running around and to silence himself in a posture to receive. Once he learned how to stop and listen, he then realized that God was longing to speak to Him.
“And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.” 1 Samuel 3:10
The prophet Jeremiah understood the concept of calling out and listening for the response. He wrote:
“Call unto me and I will answer thee, and will show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
Isaiah reminds us that it is the very voice of God’s Spirit that will be our guide.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
It would do us all a great deal of good to take a different approach in our prayer life. We are all desperate to know what God is saying. We long to know how He will respond.We have been given His Word, the actual Words of the living God.
Try this when you pray today:
-Tell your father how much you love Him.
-List to Him 20 things you are incredibly thankful for.
-List your concerns and requests to Him.
-NOW STOP! Sit quietly and listen from your spirit. Focus inwardly and rest your ears from the world. Quiet your mind and wait on the Lord to speak.
What scriptures came to mind? What did you hear in your heart?
Now go to His Word and search out the answer to your questions. He is speaking! He is responding! He is willing and desires open communication with you.The question is, are you listening or are you continuously repeating the request? Hearing from God is necessary for this Kingdom Life!He is our guide. He is our shepherd and we are lost without His voice!
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27