I Kings 19:12 (NKJV) And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
Our communing with God consists of two equally important parts: prayer and meditation. Prayer is our talking to God. Most of us have this aspect understood; Meditation is our listening to God. And here most of us need to put in the work. There is a time to talk to the Lord, and another time where we need to listen to the Lord. What part of praying to God gives you the most challenge?
Have you ever been in a relationship where the other person does all the talking? There’s an up side to this: you become a good listener, and the other person feels great comfort and ease sharing personal issues with you. But there’s a down side too: as you are called upon to always listen and never talk, you can begin feeling insignificant, perhaps a little unloved, and sometimes, even used.
Now, think about how this scenario might apply to your relationship with God. Are you doing all the talking, without ever taking the time to listen? If you are sharing with the Lord from the depths of your heart, and seeking guidance and wisdom, that’s fantastic! By all means, keep it up. Just make sure, that as you do this, you are also taking the time and training your ear gate and heart gate to listen to God as well.
Point to ponder- Remember, God tends to speak with a still, small voice; The Lord we can observe in today’s scripture very rarely shouts at His children. That’s why meditation is such an important aspect of prayer. It teaches you to develop a quiet, patient heart and an open attentive ear. Let’s begin now to practice prayer in a new way in this Lent season!
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