We noted earlier that prayer isn’t just about giving God our wish list, it isn’t just about asking for
things, no matter how important those things are to us (daily bread, for example). It’s also about
giving him thanks and praise, as we did last month. Mother Teresa said:
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and
listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
Prayer has been called a conversation with God, and that means we need to listen. Listening may
not come easily to most of us, it’s a skill we have to develop, and where prayer is concerned it
also involves finding time, quiet time, to open our minds to the Father and allow him to influence
us through his spirit. It’s not about listening for an answer to a specific prayer — although that
may come — it’s about just being with him, waiting attentively on him with open hearts and open
hands for whatever he provides.
Psalm 62 says:
“For God alone my soul waits in silence.”
Prayer that opens our heart to hear Him and to know Him is the kind of prayer that can’t be done ‘on the go’, fitted in between the many busy things that fill our days (although, thankfully, other kinds of prayer can indeed be offered in that way.). Listening, contemplative prayer needs space, quietness and time, things that are often difficult to find when our lives are full of other demands – work, family, problems to be sorted …
Somehow, we have to create the space and the time for quiet, thoughtful prayer which will help us
to listen to the Lord speaking to us, being with us, supporting us in ways that give us encouragement and strength to deal with everything else.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Perhaps we also need to develop listening skills to hear each other. Conversation between two
people is sometimes less a two-way communication than a game in which each is just waiting for
the other to finish speaking so that they can make their next point! Taking the time to listen, really
listen, is important. How else can we understand each other, know what is troubling us deep
down, and learn how to help each other? Sometimes, providing a listening ear is more important
than anything else.
Next month (December) can be the busiest and most frenetic time of the year for some of us. So
let’s use November to take breath, to make time for quiet prayer, for listening to God. And let’s
pray too that we will find the time to listen to each other, so that as a church family we will grow in
love and understanding of each other.
Lord, open my ears to hear you
and my heart to receive
all that you give.
Make mine a listening ear
to hear others’ needs too
and respond with an open heart and mind,
fixing my eyes on Jesus,
the author and finisher
of my faith.
Prayer theme for November:
– Pray that we will make the time to listen: listen to God and listen to each other
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- A Living Faith #7 Prayer
- Does God hear prayer?
- Does God answer prayer?
- Communion and day of worship
- God doesn’t call the qualified
- Prayer, important aspect in our life
- Praise Jehovah
- Matthew 6:1-34 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Leviticus 19:18 Continued 2 Prayer and neighbour love
- Matthew 21:12-14 – From a den of thieves to a house of prayer
- Praying is surrendering in all circumstances
- Be sound in mind and be vigilant with a view to prayers
- Be vigilant with a view to prayers
- Try driving forward instead of backwards
- Sometimes we face trials
- Prayer not a withdrawal from the battles of life
- Prayer Bible verses to help us to get a deeper conversation with God
- 3 Ways Prayer Connects Us to God
- Praying and acts of meditation without ceasing
- When things run differently than expected
- Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything
- Praying and thinking positively
- Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
- 2019 A New Year of Prayer
- He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
- O God, How Long? ~ Psalm 74
- As always God has a Plan
- Being sure of their deliverance
- Gods non answer
- Faithful to the leastening ear
- Walking alone?
- God’s Spirit is like a Broadcasting Station, broadcasting all the time. You Just have to learn to Tune In!
- 7000 to 20000 words spoken each day
- Genuine prayer
- People who know how to pray to move God to take hold of our affairs in a mighty way
- Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
- Work with joy and pray with love
- If you think you’re too small to be effective
- Give your worries to God
- If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
- Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
- Prayer has the power to change mountains into highways
- Biblical Prayer at Tabernacle Site Shilo
- God, my father, my closest friend
- Old Man of Prayer
- Prayer for the day