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Two Sundays ago, I was privileged to attend a church service that stirred my soul in a fresh way. Through the passages of Scripture read during the service, I knew that God was directing me to do less talking to him and more listening to him. In my mind, it was almost like he was saying, “Girl, it would be good if you’d still yourself long enough to listen.”
Listening to God can seem to be a baffling task, yet it’s actually pretty simple. I’ve never heard God speak audibly, but I surely have witnessed his voice through the Holy Spirit prompts while I read the Bible. I’ve heard him loud and clear through the voices of others as they spoke words into my life, whether in a sermon or everyday conversation. And I’ve heard God’s voice ring like a bell through circumstances only he himself could have orchestrated.
But there is one factor that unites all of those opportunities to hear from the Lord. I have to make myself willing to listen. If I don’t practice hearing his voice speak to my heart in prayer conversation, how will I hear him against the noise of the world? Oh, there is so much to be studied about this topic. For now, I’m going to share with you a prayer of willingness to listen. May this prayer be the beginning of beautiful conversations with the Lord, in which the both of you enjoy to the fullest.
A Prayer of Willingness to Listen
So often I come to you with lists and demands.
Like a tornado I spew them out as commands.
To the next task, I move on with my day
Completely missing what you might have to say.
The noise of the world clogs my ears
And clouds my mind with fog and fears.
I need you to clear my senses, O Lord!
Give me a heart in tune with your Word.
May I be ever eager to hear your voice;
May listening continually be my choice.
I pray you are encouraged to make this prayer your own.
By his grace,
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