Teach Us to Pray, Part 6

Listening for God
July 4, 2021 | By Paul Crouthamel

The listening part of our prayer life where we hear God speak to us is not complicated nor reserved for a select few. It takes surrender, practice, and intentionality to put ourselves in a position to hear from God.


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Hebrews 11:6
…that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

Jeremiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.”

Psalm 116:2
“God bends down to listen.”

John 10:27
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

Mark 1:33-35
And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Listening For God
1. Escape from the chaos.

Luke 5:16
He often withdrew to deserted places and prayed.

Henri Nouwen
“Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life…we do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to Him.”

Going to a place where you can be alone with God.

Mark 1:36-37
And Simon and those who were with him searched for Him, and they found Him and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for you.”

Mark 1:38-39
And He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” And He went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

Listening For God
2. Train your brain to listen.

John 5:19-20
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing on His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing.

Listening For God
3. Process with godly people.

Action Steps This Week
1. Start getting alone with God.
2. In your time with God, open His Word.
3. Make a list of godly people you can process with.