Like a Sheep to a Shepherd: Listening Prayer
Jesus has pulled you into His inner circle, those to whom He will impart His secrets. A person who is following a doctrine need not listen. There is nothing new to know. The person who is following Christ must be continually listening. Spoken prayer will not reach its potential unless it is grounded in listening prayer. In listening prayer, spoken prayer is born. God initiates prayer. Scripture tells us that God is awakening desires, initiating spiritual hunger, creating in His children the inclination to seek Him. When you pray, you are opening your life to His power and provision. It is His pull on our hearts that causes us to desire Him. Our longing for Him is but the echo of His longing for us.
Scriptures for Reflection:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev. 3:20).
“This is love: not that we loved him, but that he loved us… We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:10, 19).
“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint” (Hab. 2:1).
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
“O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth” (Ps. 78:1).
Read your Bible this morning with the awareness that you are listening to the words of His mouth. Stop at the first word, phrase, or thought that captures your attention and let the Father speak to you about it and let it shape your prayers.