While sitting in my prayer room in the silence, I remember something I once heard a minister say.
He said, “Prayer is not complete until you have stopped and listened for His voice.”
What a profound truth!
As a Mom, if my daughter came to me and laid out a list of what she needed and then walked away, I wouldn’t like that very much.
I don’t believe God does either. He is looking for relationship – for communication with His people.
Andrew Murray was quoted in saying, “Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. Gods voice in response to mine is its most essential part.”
I believe this to be true.
While sitting there in the silence, I ask myself, “Are you waiting for His voice? Do you desire His response to your request or are you simply giving Him a list of ‘things to do’?”
Prayer is a dialogue – not a monologue. Waiting for God’s voice is as important as making your requests known to Him.
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Psalm 5:1-3 in the Amplified Bibles says it so well;
“Listen to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning and sighing. Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will prepare a prayer and a sacrifice for You and watch and wait, for You to speak to my heart.”
I propose to you today – the watching, the waiting and listening for His heart is just as important as taking your needs to God.
The Bible shows us that great power is available when we pray. I know that to be true, I have seen this great power manifest in my life on many occasions. However, after thinking about this truth, I realized something important. The quickest answers I have ever had to prayer is when I pray, wait for His instruction and then quickly obey.
Could it be that we are missing an important link when we pray and walk away instead of praying and listening for His voice?
John 10 declares, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”
How can you tell if you are His sheep? If you hear His voice. Not if you pray daily, but if you hear His voice.
Prayer is a dialogue. It is a conversation between two people. Don’t allow your prayer life to become a monologue, make sure it remains a dialogue between you and God. Call upon Him…He will answer you, just as the word of God says.
Take time to listen for His voice. Take time to listen for His answer to your prayer. Gods voice in response to your prayer is the most important part…listen for His response.
Meditate on this!
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice.” Hebrews 3:7