Listening to God

“Listening to God is an important part of the Christian life. God desires to speak to us and we have the privilege of listening to His instruction and guidance. William Barclay once said, “Prayer is not a way of making use of God; prayer is a way of offering ourselves to God in order that He should be able to make use of us. It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest, we wait in silence for God’s voice to us.”1

Sometimes we need to spend more time listening to and for God than we do telling him all about our troubles. Scripture tells us, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run and faint not, nor get tired from the journey (paraphrased).” Listening to God involves not only hearing from Him, but also obeying him. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

What are some practical tips from your own experience on how to better listen to and for God? Share your responses. I’d love to hear from you.

2 Replies to “Listening to God”

  1. Hi…I do talk to God to much without listening sometimes and I just can’t help it! LOL! I told God that this is a problem for me. As soon as I try to listen I either drift off in other thoughts or fall asleep. I know…not good. I do hear from Him a lot though and the Lord has to tune right into my mind and spirit. I don’t know how He does it but I hear His voice and have a blog filled with things He has told me. One thing I do that is good is I seek Him all day every day. God knows I’m a blabber and He puts up with me so lovingly.

    If you make the effort….God will speak to you and you are so right on with this blog subject….We need to listen to God! God bless you!

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