If we could do a show of hands, many of us would fall into the second category.
Today, I’m sharing the second part of an article I originally wrote for the fall of issue of Girlz 4 Christ magazine on the topic of prayer. My challenge is simple, though not always easy: Instead of us doing all the talking in prayer, let’s learn to listen more.
God has something to say to us, even today. Let’s look at two more ways He communicates.
He speaks through the Holy Spirit.
Did you know the Holy Spirit is our partner in prayer? According to Romans 8:26:
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words (NASB).
Not only does the Holy Spirit intercede for us, or intervene on our behalf, but this member of the Trinity also teaches us and reminds us of Jesus’ truth (John 14:26). How can He do this if He doesn’t speak?
If you’re God’s child, you can probably think of a time when you felt a pricking in your chest to do something—maybe pray for a friend or check up on an elderly widow from church. Maybe you’ve felt a desire to start a Bible study or serve in a ministry. Maybe there’s something else on your mind and you want to know what God has to say.
I challenge you: Ask Him. Keep your Bible, a notebook, and a pen ready. Be still before Him.
Did not Jesus invite us to “come” to Him and “learn” of Him in Matthew 11:28-29?
If you make a habit of listening for God to speak, He won’t disappoint you.
He speaks through circumstances.
The other day, I was reading Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. Suddenly, I started crying over a circumstance in her life that so much resonated with something I was experiencing. Using the words her father had spoken to comfort her, God spoke comfort to my own heart.
That’s just a small example. God can speak to us whether we’re reading a book, having lunch with a friend, listening to our pastor at church, or simply going about our everyday lives.
We never know when or how God will use circumstances to point us to the truth we need to hear.
Again, the question is whether or not we’re listening.
A challenge for you and me
A few weeks back, my class in youth group finished a Bible study, so my fellow leader and I asked what topic the teens would like to talk about next.
“I’d like to know how to pray better,” one girl said.
Oftentimes, God doesn’t give easy answers to prayer, because He wants us to pursue a relationship with Him. He asks us to seek Him with the questions we have, and He promises that when we do, we’ll find what we need (Jeremiah 29:13).
We might not find the answer we wanted, but we’ll find Him. And He is infinitely better, and His ways are infinitely higher.
So will you join me? When we pray, let’s learn to talk less and listen more.
Learning to Listen in Prayer, Pt. 2 – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)
Talk less and listen more in prayer. – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)