Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know [Jer 33:3]
It blows your mind and boggles the imagination, doesn’t it? To think that our heavenly Father would offer us glimpses into his mind and heart – share with us …marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own [Jer 33:3, MSG]. How does that happen? In order for us to truly engage with God in prayer, we must Call to him and learn what it means to Listen…
Mother Teresa said: Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts. Taking time to listen to God in prayer is at the very core of what it means to be a child of God. You and I have no less ability to hear God than Mother Teresa or any of the disciples. We can hear God’s voice if we are simply willing to make space and time to seek his presence in faith and wait on him patiently.
He invites us to Be still, and know that I am God [Psa 46:10]. In stillness we grow in our knowledge of who God truly is. God longs to make us a people who know him the way we know our family and friends. And learning to encounter God throughout your daily life starts with getting alone in the secret place, quieting your heart, and growing in your knowledge of God.
Brother Lawrence said: There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. All of the blessings of life in all its fullness flow from a place of intimate and continuous fellowship with our heavenly Father. Ask the Lord to reveal himself to you in the secret place today. Take time to simply listen to God. Pay attention to the way you feel as you quiet your heart – be sensitive to thoughts, ideas and shifting desires that he places in your heart.
May you experience a greater level of the joy of intimacy with Jesus – let your heart come alive as you spend time in the presence of a God who longs to speak to us…if we will take time to listen!