Prayer is also listening!

Most who will read this understand the importance of prayer. We pray in many different ways and about many different things.

We pray to say God is AWESOME!

We pray to give thanks.

We pray to ask for … fill in the blank.

We pray for joy.

We ask WHY?

We ask WHEN?

We may express anger or disappointment.

For most of us, our prayer consists of talking. It’s a one-way conversation.

“OK, God, I’ve said my piece. Amen! Thanks for listening.”

And it’s incomplete!

Yes, we have many things to say to God, and we do so for many reasons.

But for many of us, we seldom remember that this is a two-way conversation. God may just have some things to say to us! We need to also LISTEN. I admit, I have a difficult time with this listening part. God doesn’t speak to me in the same way my wife does. He speaks in a still, small voice. It’s difficult to hear Him in the hustle and bustle of life. I need solitude, just the two of us.

Psalm 46 provides some great guidance for this element of prayer:

Shalom, Art
Alive in The Word

About aliveintheword

Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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6 Responses to Prayer is also listening!

  1. granbee says:

    I found it so very interesting that my guest post that got the most outside notice and reblogging and pingbacks was the one dealing with waiting in SILENCE to hear the voice of God! SILENCE is absolutely essential in order to let God have His turn in our prayer-talks!

  2. Deborah says:

    It’s difficult to be a Mary in a world full of Marthas,
    But oh so rewarding.
    So happy HE waits,
    when I’m skittering around everywhere!

  3. Amazing message and so important to remind us. My prayer life changed incredibly and my relationship with the Lord grew beyond measure when I learned this lesson. So true that we need that special time set aside for just the two of us. The sheep know His voice! Thanks for this post!

  4. isaiah43123 says:

    I think Satan enjoys the many distractions filling our lives becasue we cannot muse for being amused.
    Keep the Faith – but not from others!

  5. ptl2010 says:

    Like little Samuel we need to say “Speak Lord, for thy servant listens”
    He speaks only when we shut out the din of the world and when we take Time – Out for Him
    Let us not wait till He sometimes has to shout at us through the pain of circumstance because it is only then when we will pause and listen.
    Let us do well to obey His still small Voice today when He speaks.

    Very timely reminder .. Art.
    Thank you.

  6. writinggomer says:

    Amen brother, you are a treasure.

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