April 7, 2022
Theme – What has God Said?
Today – What has God said through prayer
Scripture – James 1:5, Psalm 100.3, John 10:11
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
We love to talk, but rarely do we love to listen. Listening involves intentionally being focused and not allowing distraction to overwhelm the opportunity. For any relationship, the ability to listen vastly improves the connection and for followers of Christ, it’s vital that we listen. Scripture tells us that we are His sheep and one aspect of sheep, is that they know the voice of the shepherd. We need to know the voice of the Lord and so we need to be intentional to take the time to listen.
Listening prayer centres around a clear request for God’s guidance. In making our request, we give God’s guidance authority over the other voices we hear throughout our daily lives. Then we hit the pause button. We wait on God in a time of silence, giving the Lord opportunity to speak to us. We focus our time of prayer on intentional, purposeful listening and let God do the talking.
This is important because as followers of Jesus, we all desire to do the right thing and make the wise choices. Yet we are constantly being bombarded with the noise of the world all around us. There are lots of voices telling us very different messages, and too often we find ourselves challenged and confused about what we should do in a given situation or what is really the best way ahead. These are times when we can seek God’s guidance through listening prayer.
Over the past 100 Days of Prayer, what do you sense God saying to you in times of prayer?
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I ask, Father, that only your Holy Spirit will speak to me now as I wait on you for wisdom, insight, and direction. And whatever you show me or direct me to do, I pray that I will quickly obey. In Jesus’s mighty name, Amen.