Wednesday, March 20th
Author: Jarret Hamilton
One of the biggest challenges I have when it comes to praying is learning to listen. I can do a pretty good job of talking, like in most other relationships, but I am learning the discipline of listening. Most of our prayers are one way, it’s us talking to God… Prayer is a dialogue, it’s not a monologue, so we have to learn how to get quiet and listen for His voice speaking into our hearts. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “be still and know that I am God.” His voice is heard, His power is revealed, we are assured of presence-when we get still. David said in Psalm 62:5, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” Jesus said that His sheep hear and follow because they know His voice. The question is not “is God speaking” the question is “Am I listening?”
Here’s something I have been making a rhythm in my prayer life and would encourage you to try during these 40 days: 1. Sit and be quiet and still for 5 minutes (set a timer), every time you get distracted re-center your mind by praying “I am listening”. 2. After the 5 minutes of quiet get a journal and write down what you sense He may be speaking to you. 3. Often God uses the voices of people around us to confirm what He is showing us. Look to someone who you trust and talk about it, allowing them to challenge you.
Remember that God often reveals Himself over-time, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away.
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