Moses is very fortunate to be the intimate friend of the Almighty and to have the opportunity to hear God so clearly. Unfortunately, because of the Fall, the rest of us are not so fortunate. We have to find other ways to hear God and know we are walking down the right path. As I said in this week’s video, there are a lot of ways to listen to God, and he will communicate to each of us in the way we are most receptive to it.
I hear God most in nature. I’m a very indoorsy kind of person, so I wonder what that says about the state of my spiritual journey. But in my experience, I have found that when I shut the world out and take a nice walk in nature, I feel so connected to the Lord. The wind in the trees, the birds, the sound of water, all these things put me into an attitude of gratitude for the great Creator. It also humbles me to see how tiny I am. In the grand scheme of time and space, I’m entirely insignificant if I don’t have Christ at the center of my heart. I’m reminded of the great blessing it is to be a person made in the image of God. And although these animals are special and beautiful, they aren’t human, they can’t bring glory to God the way can, they can’t unite themselves to the risen Lord like I can. I have a responsibility to serve God. Getting outside is one of the best ways Jesus gets ahold of me.
When praying there are few things to keep in mind. I don’t know about you but my prayers can sometimes be all petition, now glorification or thanksgiving. That’s one of the reasons I like to pray outdoors. Helps me get into the right frame of mind for prayer. I want to share with you a few things to keep in mind when you are trying to listen to God in prayer.
- Be humble: You don’t actually know what you need, you know what you want, but not what you need. God knows what you need, and only he has the power to give it to you. When you go to prayer, try to always have a heart open to his holy will.
- Be thankful: You are a special, beautiful, unique creature of God. He loves you so infinitely that he died a painful and shameful death, just so he could spend an eternity with you. Be thankful for his sacrifice, and all the things he does for you every single day.
- Be clear: I think this is one we don’t talk about enough. When you pray, know exactly what it is your praying for and why. Being specific in prayer is more beneficial to you than to God, but it helps you see things with clarity, instead of the abstract. For example, pray for $1,000 so you can pay your rent, don’t just pray for more money. I found when I do this, when I receive the blessing I ask for, I feel a strong sense of accountability to use it correctly.
- Be silent: There was one day I was deep in prayer and I felt the Lord say to me I talk too much. It’s true, I do. Everyone who knows me I talk to much, but I also have a mind that runs a mile a minute. The Lord needed to remind me to be still and know that I’m stressin’ for nothin’.
- Be receptive: This is easily the hardest one to follow. Getting into the practice of being receptive to the Lord’s will can be a challenge, but it is one that is very important. We should always be striving to unite our will to his. He knows what’s best and will bring it to fruition, but he may ask us for some things. We must work to be accepting and receptive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the will of the Father.
Prayer is just one of several ways you can listen to the voice of God. Most of us don’t have the prophetic gift of Moses, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to discern his voice and follow his plan in our lives. This post is just about prayer, if you would like me to write about the other ways God may communicate with the faithful, let me know. I’d be happy to do so!
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