I believe that listening is becoming a lost art in today’s society. Have you heard a school teacher ask their students to: “put on your listening ears”? She wants the pupils to pay attention.
When we pray, we need to “Put on our listening ears”. Prayer should be a two-way conversation. I fear that, too often, I go to the Lord with a “grocery list” of needs and wants. I forget that God wants to have fellowship with me. That is prayer! He does desire that we come to Him with our cares, for He cares for us. (I Peter 5:7) However, it is important to thank Him and even more important, to listen to Him.
Remember the story of young Samuel as recorded in I Samuel , chapter 3? When God called to Samuel, the boy did not recognize His voice because it had not been heard in Israel for many years. God called again and again. Each time, Samuel thought it was Eli calling to him. Finally, Eli said in verse 9: “Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and it shall be,if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears,’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
How many times has God called me or you and we haven’t recognized His voice. Too often, I pray hurriedly, telling God about all of my worries and cares with hardly taking a breath. I tell him, Goodbye, as I have much to do and time is passing. I don’t even take time to hear Him say, “I love you”!
I am going to try to put on my “listening ears” when I go to God in prayer. I want to be a good listener. “Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears”.
Dottie Rambo wrote this poignant song:
I DIDN’T COME HERE TO ASK YOU FOR ANYTHING
I JUST CAME TO TALK WITH YOU LORD
YOU’VE ANSWERED A MILLION PRAYERS OR MORE
THAT I FORGOT TO THANK YOU FOR
I JUST CAME TO TALK WITH YOU LORD.
CHORUS: MAYBE TOMORROW THERE’LL BE TROUBLE AND SORROW
AND A THOUSAND TEARDROPS MAY FALL BUT UNTIL I FACE TOMORROW’S TASK
I HAVE NO SPECIAL FAVOR TO ASK, I JUST CAME TO TALK WITH YOU, LORD.