Speak Lord, Your Servant is Listening

 

Sometime ago I had a gnawing inside of me, sort of a tug on my emotion, or just a sense of emptiness, even though life was full.  Something seemed to be missing.  As I became more aware of what it was, I had a sense that the gnawing tug was a “Spirit Hunger.”  It is a hunger placed inside of all of us that longs to connect with God.

I have a daily devotion and prayer time, but it seemed I needed more.  I wanted to hear God speaking to me to fill that void.  My inner cup wasn’t full or overflowing.  I think it was because the business and fullness of life was robbing me of something.

God is constantly calling out to us whether it is through His Word, through something someone says in a sermon, or in conversation.  The problem is I don’t always listen to what He is saying to me.  Part of the reason why it’s hard to hear him through my hectic life.  I think it could be compared to someone calling out in a loud crowded room making it hard to hear, much less understand.  I am afraid that is often how I try to hear God.  Another comparison could be, when I try to hear him above all the clutter of our lives he ends up sounding more like Charlie Brown’s teacher. . .wah, wah, wah.  Wouldn’t you like to hear, I mean really hear, what God is saying? You can, and I can. It comes from wanting and learning to listen to what he wants to say. One of the reasons I want to learn to hear God’s voice is so that I might come to know him better. As we dialogue with people, we share our thoughts back and forth, which brings understanding and develops a bond between us. That is how it can be with God.

The Bible gives some insight in how God spoke to different individual people.  It doesn’t say whether it was audible, an impression, or words spoken into their mind.  There does seem to four things which are key to hearing God’s voice:

One of the more dramatic ones includes the story of God talking to Samuel.  Of course  God doesn’t always communicate that dramatically.  We do know that he uses many ways to communicate.

 

Another example is Habakkuk 2:1-3 (NLT)

1 I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard-post. (be still in a special place)

 2There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint. (fix your eyes on Jesus).

 3Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. (He will speak to me – write what is saying).

4 This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.(“Record the vision.”- Write the flow of thoughts and pictures that light upon your heart and mind.)

So the question is, are there some elements of my mind, or focus that would help me hear God better?  Wouldn’t you like to hear, I mean really hear, what God is saying? You can. It comes from learning to listen to what you hear Him say.

 

Four keys to hearing God’s voice are:

Stillness: Quiet yourself so you can hear God’s voice. Focus on Jesus and his love for you – Choose a spot away from distractions, the same place every day,

Vision: Look for vision as you pray.  Pictures, or word pictures that come to mind.

Spontaneity: Recognize God’s voice as spontaneous thoughts that light upon your mind.

Journaling: Write down that flow of thoughts and pictures. – not every thought will be coming from God – To separate thoughts test the thoughts –  honesty, purity, if it meets that test, chances it is pretty good.  If you question it, share it with a trusted friend for another’s perspective.

 In the late 1930’s, an Oxford Group pamphlet began circulating in Akron, Ohio. Entitled, How to Listen to God, it helped explain the Group’s practice of Two Way Prayer.  It was originally written for those in recovery, but is a powerful guide for anyone.  If you are serious about taking your relationship with God to a new level, this pamphlet will explain in detail with as little as ten minutes a day how you can transform your relationship with God as few other spiritual practices can.

 

 How to Begin Practicing Your Quiet Time by Fr. Bill W.

Below is an updated version of the How to Listen to God pamphlet

https://static.squarespace.com/static/525f0845e4b0eecfa6738371/t/52c73842e4b05d3ee041aed6/1388787778491/How%20to%20Begin%20Practicing%20Quiet%20Time.pdf

If you would prefer to watch a video instead discover step-by-step guidelines for putting this unique form  of How to Practice Two Way Prayer you will find it here.   http://www.twowayprayer.org/how-to-practice-two-way-prayer

Let’s take this journey together.  A new month, and a new journey.

Love to you,

Ruth

 

 


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