Speaking AND Listening

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” – Ecclesiastes 5:1-2

We’re all guilty of this at one point or another. In prayer, it is imperative that we balance our speaking to God with “listening” to Him. As much as we’d like to think that’s just how prayer works, we can miss so much in our communion with Him if we’re not listening to what He is saying. Jesus said, “My sheep are my people and they know my voice…”

You’ll never “know anyone’s voice” unless you listen to them. I know my earthly father’s voice because I’ve listened to him for years, as to be expected of anyone you have listened to for years. This is no different with God.

Attributes:

His voice is specific. His voice is felt and heard. His voice will never contradict His written Word. He speaks with PURPOSE so when He has spoken, don’t take it lightly. If He has spoken to you, abide and walk in His Words of direction.

I just finished teaching and preaching a 4 part series at our church called, “Let Us Pray” and it has been very rewarding spiritually for many and at very least, myself. It is imperative that we build on our prayer life; wherever you are in it, there IS room for growth! Don’t stop pursuing or as David the Psalmist put it, “running ‘hard’ after thee.”

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