Pray: Open my ears, Lord, so I can listen to the people I’m praying for, even as I listen for you.
Wednesday – Day 22
Approaching God – What a blessing to draw close to the great “I AM”! The One who is always faithful. Rest in his faithfulness as you let these beautiful words wash over your spirit.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Listening to God – One way our life gives witness to God’s love is when we show that love by empathetically listening to others—not only to their words, but also to their heart and to what they are not saying. As you meditate on these words, ask the Holy Spirit to show you how well you listen. On a 1-10 scale, how well are you doing? How can you improve?
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” (James 1:19)
Talking to God – After you are done listening, pray that verse back to God. Is there reason for praise and thanksgiving? Do you need to confess anything? What do you need from God? What do you need to surrender to him? Pray the verse over your three people.
Ministering in God’s Name – God’s love is full of compassion and empathy. His love for us is proof of our worth and value. Authentic listening conveys that the speaker is valued and loved. Pay attention to how much you listen to those for whom you are praying and commit to listening more than you speak. Use open-ended questions to help others articulate their thoughts and feelings. Validate what they are saying by indicating you hear what they say.
Surrendering to God – Not only do we need to listen more to others, we need to listen more to God. End your prayer time by intentionally listening to God. Pay attention to thoughts, images, or memories that come to your mind…and listen.
By Jolene DeHeer