Listening

1 John 5:13-15 ~

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

There are many ways to engage in prayer. Some only pray before meals, while others pray continuously through the day. Some keep their prayers private, while others feel comfortable praying in public. When we think about prayer, the most important thing to remember is how we enter a conversation with God. But conversations aren’t all about talking, they are mostly about listening. We learn early in our lives that we cannot obey our parents without first listening to their instruction. When we try something new or get in trouble, we listen for the sound of our parents’ voice. The relationship is no different with our Heavenly Father. When we spend time with the Lord in prayer, He wants to hear from us, but He also wants us to listen to His voice. When we pause and listen, we begin to understand His plan, His character, and His will for our lives. 1 John 5:13-15 tells us that whatever we ask, according to His will, God will hear us. This gives us amazing confidence in our prayers. Yet, we must always remember the will of God should guide our prayers to Him, not the other way around. God is in control of every circumstance we face. As you pray, worship God for who He is, bring your requests to Him, and then rest and listen as He guides your next steps.

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