The Ultimate Listener

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
— Isaiah 65:24

Wow, talk about the ultimate listener. 

God knows our thoughts and He loves us so much that before we are even done praying He is on top of what we have asked. 

Sometimes we doubt this because we do not receive an answer right away or maybe not the one we want or the way we want. But, we can rest assured that God does hear and answers every single one of our prayers. And, when we cannot speak, he reads our hearts.

No one else in our lives can do that. 

God doesn't require that our prayers be eloquent or formal. He just wants to hear from us. There is no better listener to take your problems, your praises, and the desires of your heart to. He is waiting to hear from You. You do not have to only speak to Him when you are on your knees with eyes closed. Though there is a time for that. We can reach Him at any time day or night, no cell phone or text messaging service required. Sitting on a quiet hilltop or in the middle of a crowd...

He promises to hear, 

"Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you."  Jeremiah 29:12

The best relationships are built on good listening.

God may be the ultimate listener, but we can get better with practice. Often we listen to respond rather than to understand and truly hear. We can practice being present with each other and really listening. We can also practice hearing God and listening for His voice. After all His sheep know His voice. Let's see what wonders He has to share with us. 


To Ponder:

When I "listen" am I doing so to formulate a response-to add my "and" and "buts"-or do I truly hear what is being said? 


Prayer:

Heavenly Father, 

    Help me to be the kind of attentive listener that You are. To show others that I care about them by how closely I listen and how present I am with them. Also, help me to listen for You. To hear You in my heart. Father You have promised in Isaiah 30:21 that I will hear a voice behind me telling me which way to go. Help me to distinguish that guidance of the Holy Spirit from the noise of the world. 

Teach me to be a listener. Quick to hear, slow to speak. (James 1:19)

Amen

JanuaryLori HilComment