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Listening

Post 59 of 198

“Call to me and I will answer you, and reveal to you marvelous secrets you never would have known.”

-Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is conversation with God. But my conversations get very one-sided. It’s mostly me talking and God listening. Growing in our prayer life means growing in our skill at listening to God as well as talking to God. After all, Romans 8 assures us that the “Holy Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” Words aren’t necessary. Being aware and attentive in God’s presence is.

I preached about centering prayer on Sunday. Centering prayer is simply being with God in prayer without a prayer list, an agenda to pray through- instead we simply present ourselves before God in a listening posture. Two folks in the congregation suggested an app that helps them with this kind of prayer. I’ve tried it out several times and suggest it to you:
https://www.calm.com

Use the (free) timed meditation portion of the app to give you a stressless way to enter into a few moments of centering prayer. Start with two minutes, then try five, then ten. I like to do this as soon as I sit down at my desk to work. You know, right when that feeling of “I have so much to do today” hits. That’s when I need to listen to God. How about you?

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