Learning to Listen to God
By Kristy Solis
One day, I asked her “Do you ever listen to God?” She had a perplexed look on her face and said, “God is quiet.”
Then, I asked her “If you do not listen, how do you know when God has answered your prayers?” My daughter said in a matter-of-fact way, “I believe, and he shows me.”
We have a tendency to pray and pray, even having a one-way conversation. Sometimes, we just need to pause, to trust the process and to listen to God – pausing to be quiet in the moment to hear what God is trying to tell us.
This process of quiet time is considered a form of prayer also. When we pray, instead of praying to God our wants, we could ask for God’s will for us.
Hebrews 4:1 reminds us, “Listening begins with God. His Word is living and active through the work of the Holy Spirit.”
When we actively listen, we are moved by the Holy Spirit. This brings me back to my spirited, talkative child. The Holy Spirit pours out of her. However, I told her if she started to listen and to observe what God’s will is for her, she may be surprised in what the Lord has in store for her life.
Lord hear our prayers, even when we do not have the words or in the quiet moments. Lord, guide us to be more intentional in learning to listen to you, to be moved by the Holy Spirit through your will.