“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” Jeremiah 33:3, ESV.
Prayer is not only about asking of God, but listening to God. Prayer is a complete communication with the Father. You speak to Him, and He speaks to you—yes, He will. You ask of Him regarding what you are going through, about a change you seek, or a desire, and then you listen to see what God has to say about it. Prayer isn’t about just making a request, then walk away.
The Lord has something to say to you.
Yet, you won’t ever know if you don’t take time in prayer to listen. Take the time after your requests to see just maybe the Lord has a request of you. He will answer you if you allow Him to. There are times when I’ve asked God about something about my life, and before I can even finish, He answers me. There are times where I’ve had to keep listening for His voice and receive the peace of God regarding a big decision. Even after you pray, sit still, quiet yourself and the Lord will answer.
Listening in prayer helps us not to make plans, but fail to even ask God was it His will in the first place. It helps us to be led by His Spirit and learn how to recognize His voice when He speaks. Most of all, it helps us to humble ourselves and submit our will to His will. Because the truth is sometimes we don’t want to listen, but we must. His will is what’s best.
Prayer: Father, You are good. I ask that You adjust my prayer life to one where I not only ask, but I listen. Do You have a request of me? I’m here and I’m listening. Show me Your will. Show me Your answers. From the start of my day to the end, when I pray, help me to listen for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Proverbs 2:1-5, Philippians 4:6-7