When we go to God in prayer is there a moment when we pause to listen to what He has to say?
Prayer is a two way conversation. It is a form of communication. We say what we have to say and then keep silent and allow the Lord to answer.
I had gotten into the bad habit of getting up and going about my business after I finished praying. One morning, I was impressed to remain kneeling. When I did and I stayed quiet, Jesus spoke to me. When I heard His voice, I began to cry. I had missed hearing Him speak. I told Him so and He said, “I have always been here.”
When we pray, the Lord is there but we don’t give Him a chance to speak. It is like when you call a friend. You say, “Hi Jane, it’s Martha.” You allow Jane to say, “Oh, hi Martha. How are you?” And that is all she gets to say. The rest of the conversation is you talking with no pauses for Jane to get a word in. And when you’re finished, you say goodbye and hang up. Jane may have had news that she would have liked to share with you but she never got the chance to do so.
God may have news for us or something He wants to share with us but we don’t give Him a chance to do so. We’re too busy talking and when we’re done, we thank God for hearing our prayers and answering them and then move off, not giving Him an opportunity to speak to us, we will miss out on that. We may miss a message He has for us, what His will is for us that day or His plans for us. God likes to listen to our prayers but He looks forward to when we come to Him and share what is in our hearts but He wants to share what is in His too. Prayer is not just about us talking but it’s about us listening too.
The next time you pray, don’t get up or walk away as soon as you are finished. Stay where you are. Be still and listen. God wants to talk to you. Let Him.