Little Less Talk and a Whole Lot More Listening
“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
This week’s revival meetings with Merlin has been an absolute blessing to me. I was thinking a lot about Merlin’s last message and the different steps to prayer he talked about. He spoke about different key steps to prayer, which are Asking, Listening, Surrendering and Obeying. This had me wondering how often, I really follow these steps in my own prayer life. One step that I always seem to forget about is listening. How often do I ask God for something and forget to stop long enough to hear what he responds. Do you think the prophets of old just heard from God without actually listening to what God was saying to them? This is something I definitely need to work more on and believe God has so much more to tell me and all of you as well, if we just listen. In a world full of distractions, it gets easy to forget what it means to listen, especially when we get used to hearing our own voices. Jesus has so much to share with us and wants what is best for us, but the only way to know what He wants is to listen. The verses today remind us that God will lead our lives and will direct our paths, but we have to be willing to stop and wait for a response. My challenge to myself this week is to spend more time listening and less time talking. I need to remember that our prayers to God are a conversation and I definitely don’t want to be that person, we all know that rule every conversation, especially with God.
By: Pastor Kevin Troyer