After a time of intense prayer and Bible study a few days ago, God spoke this profound, simple message to me, “I speak to those who listen.” More on this to come; read on.
I’ve been praying extra lately—as I am sure many of us have been doing. And I have returned to the staples on prayer in my bookshelves. Which, by the way, are lined with a panoply of the more excellent books on prayer. As an aside, it is interesting the things we cherish in life when it comes to possessions. I would be hard-pressed to choose between my first editions of The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray (1898), Visions Beyond the Veil by H.A. Baker or Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb.
I mention these books on prayer as a “drum roll” to recommend to you, perhaps, the most exquisite piece I have read on prayer, how to pray a simple guide for normal people by Pete Greig. Please do read it.
Back to that, “more on this to come.” Bonhoeffer says—in his seminal work on fellowship with God and others—Life Together, “Silence before the Word leads to right hearing and thus also to right speaking of the Word of God at the right time. Much that is unnecessary remains unsaid. But the essential and the helpful thing can be said in a few words.” Bonhoeffer puts his finger on why I am hearing God more these days: I am listening more. I am listening intentionally and with many fewer distractions.
God is not mercurial in His speaking to us. He doesn’t blithely download a word here and there. He is constant, and His Word is always at our fingertips. We have a powerful in time our lives right now to deliberately be still and listen to the Lord. Turn your ear to Him during this time of stillness and diminishing distraction.