Gratitude Day 369
Wed., Nov. 27, 2019
Jeremiah 29:12: When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.
I’m trying to turn Wednesdays into “Prayer Day” here at Simple Words of Faith. Why? Because I think prayer is this important.
But here’s the deal about prayer. While we may think that what WE say in prayer is most important, let me share a secret.
No, actually, our listening to what God may say BACK to us is really more important than what we say to God.
I know. It’s goes against so much of what our culture focuses on these days. Culture tells us to make sure OUR voice is heard. Culture tells us do what feels good. Culture tells us to make sure your priorities are always at the forefront.
When we look closely to what Jesus said, he had a different opinion. He encouraged people to be a servant first to those around us; not promote our own agenda. Or desires. Or preferences.
In fact, Jesus encourages us to decrease so he can increase within us.
How’s that for being counter-cultural?
So, let’s relate this back to prayer. Often, our prayers are a laundry list of what WE want. We share every request that we can think of. We will God to intervene and answer our prayers just the way WE want them answered.
But this isn’t really how this works. No, rather than just focusing on what we say and want, God yearns for us to have a heart that is open to hearing what God says back to us.
God wants a relationship with us. Not a mandate from one to the other. Relationships work best when both parties are willing to simply listen to the other. Not just hear themselves speak … but truly listen to the other person.
I know. This feels impossible when we can’t even see God. But I know God will speak to us … if we slow down ourselves long enough to listen.
For Wednesday Prayer Request day, let’s focus on LISTENING for God today. Rather than taking first dips of spilling our guts to God, can we pause and simply listen for and to God? Just this one simple request is all I’m focusing on today.
Yearn for God to speak to you.
May this be enough.
May this be just what you need for today.
We have one mouth and two ears. There’s a reason why. We are to listen twice as much as we speak.
For encouragement to listen to God, I am thankful.
Dear God – forgive me for all those hundreds and thousands of time that I should have listened to You and didn’t. Create within me a deep desire to simply listen for what You long for me to hear. Amen.
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