"Now, O women, hear the word of the Lord; open your ears to the words of His mouth." Jeremiah 9:20 (NIV)
In all honesty, I'm guilty of praying for what I want, slapping a spiritual sounding "Thy will be done" on it, and calling it good. You too?
Then what do we do? Go on with our life? Do things in our own will?
I think we do.
I believe we often overlook the most important part of prayer – listening, hearing God's voice and tuning into His direction.
Prayer in its most original form is simply communication with God.
That means He talks, too.
His Word says in Psalm 25:14, "The Lord confides in those who fear Him; he makes His covenant known to them." If I understand correctly, this verse means He talks to us.
Again, in Isaiah 12:9 He says, “New things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you." God wants to announce the things He desires to work in our lives.
He is talking, but we’re not always listening.
First Thessalonians 5:17 says we should "pray without ceasing," but far too often we respond as though it reads, "talk without ceasing."
The most important part of prayer is not what we pray for, but how well we listen for what God speaks in return.
What is He whispering to you today?
Lean in. Get still before the Lord. Open your ears to what He is whispering to your heart.
Then cherish, savor and prepare for the things He makes known to you.