Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


God Talks Too IV

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Are there ways we can increase our likelihood of hearing God speak? I think so. In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, I offer the following:

What’s the difference between those who hear him and those who don’t? It’s as simple as how they listen. We know what you’re thinking. “I listen, but I never hear him.” Okay, we hear you. But frankly, how hard, how intentionally do you listen?

·         When you read the Bible, do you assume what you’re reading applies to you and try to figure out what God is saying to you personally?

·         When you have a stray thought, do you explore it to see if God somehow put it there for a reason?

·         When you wake up after a particularly vivid dream, do you pray asking God what he was trying to tell you?

·         When a friend says something more direct and personal than usual, do you wonder if God could be behind her words?

·         When an unlikely series of events happens, do you assume God arranged them for a reason and try to discover his purpose?

·         Do you examine your history, your environment, and your emotions to see what you can learn from them?

That is listening.

Listening is an active awareness of what is happening around you and an intentional pursuit of God’s voice. Many of us wrongly assume we haven’t heard God unless we’ve heard a James Earl Jones type voice amplified through the clouds. If you think that’s the only way you will hear him, it is the only way you will hear him. But here’s a hint–it’s not one of the ways he always speaks, likely it’s one of the ways he rarely speaks.

To hear God, we have to believe he wants to communicate with us. That doesn’t take a huge amount of faith, but it takes at least a drop. The people who hear from God all have a drop of that faith.

 What are some ways you increase your likelihood of hearing and understanding God?

 



  • Heretic_for_Christ

    All of this advice is based on the dubious premise that God is an external superbeing who inserts secret messages in the Bible, in dreams, in stray thoughts.
    That is not the God I believe in.
    God, to me, is a spiritual presence within, not a Santa Claus-cum-Zeus in the sky, pulling strings in the physical world, issuing blessings, and hurling thunderbolts. The spiritual presence of God is manifest not in magical deeds (sorry, “miracles”) but in our capacity and willingness to act with rationality, courage, creativity, compassion, and love (as in being known by our fruits–our acts, not the doctrines we proclaim). The reason we can’t “hear the voice of God” (or see the light of God) is that we are looking for God outside ourselves, and finding mainly silence and darkness–because God isn’t out there. Meanwhile, we don’t notice God within ourselves because we keep the voice and light of God’s presence within us buried under thick layers of guilt, fear, anger, and other baggage. When we let go of whatever has been stifling the voice and cloaking the light of God, we hear and see clearly.

Previous Posts

A Prayer For God's Leadership
Teach me to do your will,     for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward     on a firm footing. Psalm 143:10 NLT  Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me into a level country and into the land of uprightness. (Amplified) Father, Y

posted 1:47:43pm Dec. 19, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer for Peace, A Prayer for Health
A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;     jealousy is like cancer in the bones. (Proverbs. 14:30 NLT)  A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones. (Amplified Translation) One of the greatest se

posted 11:51:34am Dec. 17, 2014 | read full post »

All I Really Want In Life
When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say,

posted 12:30:57pm Dec. 12, 2014 | read full post »

Turning Down the Invitation To the Christmas Pity Party
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring GREAT JOY to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!" Luke 2:10,11 If Christmas is a bit disappointing to you this year – perhaps you don't have funds to

posted 10:01:46am Dec. 11, 2014 | read full post »

God's Promises: Too Good to Be True?
Elisha replied, “Listen to this message from the Lord! This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver.” The officer assisting the ki

posted 11:56:57am Dec. 10, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.