Listening

And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
- I SAMUEL 3:9

I was shocked one day when asking an elderly saint how much time he spent in prayer to have him retort, “I have been delivered from prayer!”

That response stirred my curiosity, and without a thought I reacted, “What do you mean?”

He explained, “Mike, I have made enough requests to last the rest of my lifetime! I have found it much more profitable at this stage of my life to listen.” He then told me he spent several hours each day just listening to his Father in heaven.  

If it is true that communication is a lost art, how much more is the art of listening? “Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear,” Proverbs 25:12.

“I can’t hear God” is the response most often given when the topic of listening is broached. But we can, we have, and we continue to do so. His voice is the little lift we experience in our spirits when reading, talking to another about Him, walking, or listening to a teaching.

Refine your focus on that little lift and you, too, can spend hours a day listening.

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