How do you approach prayer? Is it a time where you go to the Lord and tell Him to listen to everything you have to say and then walk away unwilling to hear what He has to say to you?
God spoke to the young boy Samuel in 1 Samuel 3. After being instructed by Eli to listen to God’s voice and respond to him, Samuel said, “Speak; for thy servant heareth.” Samuel was intent on listening to God.
How often do we turn that around though? We tend to go to God and say, “Hear Lord, for Thy servant speaketh.” We aren’t willing to take the time to listen to what He has to say to us through His Word and the Holy Spirit.
We know that God wants us to take our burdens to Him in prayer (1 Peter 5:7). There is nothing wrong with taking a list to God of needs and requests. But our prayers should not stop there. Does He know you love Him too? Have you praised Him for His wonderful watch-care in your life?
There are many other examples besides Samuel we could look to for someone listening to God. The Old and New Testaments are full of stories. John 10:27 says that God’s sheep hear His voice. You may be thinking, “I am one of His sheep, but I don’t hear His voice.” The problem is not that He wants to keep you clueless and unsure of His will. The problem is often that we are too busy talking, entertaining ourselves, worrying or a host of other things that we haven’t even taken the time to listen to His voice.
I am not talking about an audible voice. God clearly spoke that way in the Bible at times. What I am talking about is that you are in tune with God, His Word and the Holy Spirit to know that He is leading you in a certain way. You don’t need an audible voice when you have the Holy Spirit of God living within you. Allow Him to guide your life and help you make decisions. But He can’t lead if you aren’t listening to His Word or focusing on His will for your life.
Take time to pray. God wants to hear from you. But don’t forget to listen too.