Lesson 22: Listening
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” James 1:19
John Bunyon has said concerning prayer, “It is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” I don’t know about you, but I have often said too much in prayer (and in life!), and listened too little. As this season of prayer and fasting continues I am becoming increasingly aware that the challenge may not be in finding new ways to pray and new words to say, but an awareness that “less is more.”
As we fast and pray, what is God’s Word revealing to our hearts? What whispers of the Spirit are we likely missing while we are speaking? How can we purpose to become better listeners in a world that focuses on saying and doing more and more and more? What would it take to carve out 15 minutes for the practice of silencing our voices, quieting our minds and listening for the “still small voice” of God? How about staring with only 5 minutes?
Tucked away in the book of Zephaniah are these simple words concerning the evidence of a deepening relationship with the Lord, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17. Be quiet in His love and listen for His voice today.