While God says, “Call me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things,” most of us spend more time talking than waiting and watching. Waiting and watching includes listening for him to speak. That is Listening Prayer.
Listening Prayer includes hearing and understanding, which requires thinking. That is Meditation or Learning Prayer. What is the biblical reference? “…When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears… He will bring glory to Me by taking what is Mine, and make it known to you.” – John 16:13-14.
How does one do that?
1. Put together some tools; a Bible, pen or pencil, a notebook, a comfortable chair or prayer bench.
2. Take the time to be still and enter His Presence. This can start with scripture reading followed by quieting your soul (mind, will and emotions).
3. Resist any interruption and the Enemy of Easter. Establish your authority by audibly saying, “In the name of Jesus, I declare this time is His and I prohibit any enemy from speaking or interrupting this time.
4. Invite the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit to reveal himself and his Word to you.
5. Ask God to search your heart, and let you see yourself the way the Lord Jesus sees you. Ask him to reveal any pride or sin that separates. (1 John 1:9).
6. Ask God to speak clearly. When He speaks write down in your notebook what you hear.
7. Wait in silence until He speaks. Be still, wait and listen.
8. Make notes of your thoughts. Pray those back to him and ask him to confirm your understanding.
9. Praise him in worship or song.
10. Work through your notes and add any impressions or visual images that come into your mind by his still small voice.
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is looking for: those who are simple and honest before him in their worship. God is Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration” (John 4:23-24) The Message.
Don’t expect headlines or billboards. His Truth will come in peaceful stillness.
© 2012, Evelyn W. Davison, America’s Honorary Prayer Coordinator ~ National Day of Prayer.