“Thus God used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.” -Exodus 33:11
Kids love walkie talkies. My daughters love to get as far away from each other as they can and say something and wait for a response from the other. Sometimes they get aggravated when they don’t hear a response. I told my youngest sissy is talking to you but you have to listen carefully her volume is turned down. Are you listening? Moses was a good role model. He was a leader, but also a listener. He experienced a long journey, but took each step in communication with God. Like Moses, we need to experience life’s journey in conversation with our Creator.
Prayer is a dialogue, not a monologue. It’s two-way communication. The Bible says that God hears man in Psalm 17:6, when we are in a right relationship with God and we take the time to communicate with him we can trust that God hears us. God’s voice is the most essential part of life’s journey and we need to hear him every step of the way. When we listen to God’s voice as we pray, it gives us confidence that He too is listening to us. It is important to have a humble heart when you are communicating with God. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”-Isaiah 66:2
So often we have been taught that prayer is petitioning our wants to God. We have not practiced listening to Him nearly enough. He is wants to speak to us, but we are the ones who don’t know how to listen or claim don’t have the time to do so.
Most of us rush into pray and say our list of wants hoping to be heard quickly and maybe even shake the walkie talkie thinking it’s broken. We rattle off, but God wants us to listen to His wants as well.
As we journey through life, we need to develop a habit of spending time with God that is undisturbed and focused — a time to shut out the noise and thoughts of the world and devote our total being to listening to Him.
Approach God daily lifting up our needs but also listening to hear His plan for our day. When life’s journey takes us down God’s path rather than our own, we will be filled with joy.
Prayer is our speaking from our hearts to our heavenly Father, and, in return, God’s speaking to us through His Word and guiding us by the leading of His Spirit.
Father God, I want to hear You clearly, feel Your presence in my life. Help me to revitalize my prayer life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“The prayer of a righteous man or woman is powerful and effective.”- James 5:16