Listening to God in Prayer

Pray and ask Jesus what He wants to say to you.

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A woman listening.

While Peter was talking, a bright cloud covered them. A voice came from the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I love, and I am very pleased with him. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5 (NCV)

Along with James and John, Peter received a special revelation. Jesus briefly revealed His glory to these three disciples on a mountaintop, His clothing and face glowed with a supernatural brightness. Suddenly the two greatest Old Testament prophets appeared and talked with Jesus. Peter may have been thinking about the Feast of Tabernacles when he offered to put up three shelters for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. But before Peter finished speaking, God interrupted him with praise for His Son and instructions to listen to Him.

I often feel a kinship with Peter, and sometimes forget that a big part of prayer is listening. Sometimes I pray while I’m driving, walking, or doing household chores. Other times I enjoy a dedicated time of quiet, concentrated prayer. Even then I often focus on making sure I include all the right elements: Did I offer praise and thanksgiving? Confess everything? Include all my requests and needs? A more important question: Did I spend time listening for Jesus’s voice?

Prayer is a two-way conversation, not a monologue. Jesus wants to speak to us and calm our fears, offer guidance, and assure us of His loving presence. We can miss His voice if we’re solely focused on our own agenda. But Jesus knows me intimately; He also knows what my day holds. So when it comes to prayer, I should be glad to let Him dominate the conversation.

Faith Step: Pray and ask Jesus what He wants to say to you. Listen for His voice.

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