Are you listening?
Most of us, if we are Believers in Jesus Christ, know that we can talk to God. We know that prayer is important, and we equate prayer with ‘telling God what’s on our hearts’.
This is, in fact, very important to the Lord.
The entire book of Psalms was written in that style.
Hebrews 4:16: “…let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”
Jesus Himself said, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
Clearly, God wants His children to go to Him with our wants, needs, requests, and burdens.
But is that all?
Are we not to listen also?
Have you ever stuck your head out the window when traveling down the highway (please: not if you’re driving!), or been on a boat moving fast on the water? As fun as that is, it makes it very difficult to have a conversation. We may be with people we love and value, and we may be trying to listen, but with all the noise, we are not going to hear.
We do the same thing with God.
Most of us have learned to TALK to Him, but not to listen.
It’s as if we lean in to hear him…and place our fingers in our ears.
We need to listen…and hear!
On one occasion, when the prophet Elijah was feeling alone and disheartened, he complained to God…he vented.
God said, “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.“ (1 Kings 19:11-12)
Elijah needed to LISTEN…because the Lord was not going to YELL above the noise…He was in the still, small voice.
We need to listen. We need to hear.
…and when we do hear from Him, we need to step out and follow His leading, listening all along the way for guidance.
He IS speaking…do you hear?