Lifelines, Part 2

August 20, 2023 | By Paul Crouthamel

If prayer is communion with God, then we not only need to learn how to talk to Him, we must also learn how to listen to God. Listening begins when we recognize our need, know God’s word, and approach through Jesus.


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Noise speaks to control.

We look to the noise of our world to help order our steps.

We don’t like the quiet because it leaves us alone with our thoughts.

Thomas Keating
“Silence is God’s first language.”

Psalm 46:10
“Be still and know that I am God.”

1. Hearing from the Lord involves understanding our need for Him.

Exodus 33:7-11
Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

Exodus 33:12-13
Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.

Exodus 33:16
How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

2. Hearing from God involves knowing His Word.

Our “diet” impacts what happens in the quiet.
If the diet of our life consists only of all the world offers, that is all we will think about when we get quiet.

Lectio Divina = Divine Reading

Exodus 33:14
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

Exodus 33:17
I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”

3. Hearing from the Lord involves being in right relationship with Him.

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Exodus 33:19
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.