by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Prayer is a privilege God grants us.
He invites us to come to him at all times and in all situations. As we pray, we also need to listen. God longs to hear from us. To know and be known. Each prayer is an opportunity to know God, but in order to know him, we must also listen to him.
There are all kinds of prayers. There are prayers praising God for who he is and what he has done. There are prayers of deepest despair and petition.
There are prayers we memorize as children. There are prayers in which we vent our frustrations and yes, our complaints.
Prayer is a conversation. Not a one-way monolog. God wants to hear from us. He also wants us to hear from him. The only way we can do that is to stop talking and listen.
When we have conversations with those we cherish, don’t we listen to what they say in addition to them listening to what we say? Why then, do we often forget to listen to God when we pray?
Yes. Prayer is a privilege, but along with that privilege comes the responsibility to listen to God when he speaks to us.
How do you make sure you let your words be few, and listen when you pray?
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Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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