It’s Day 3 of the Morning Quiet Time Challenge….where we will meditate on how we can hear God. I am so glad you’re joining us today! 🙂 I hope you find these 2 weeks helpful in revitalizing your relationship with God. If you missed the earlier posts, you can read them now before continuing:
NOTE: I’m basing this challenge on my friend Bob Sorge’s book “Secrets of the Secret Place,” if you’d like to follow along. I bought this book the first night I met and heard Bob speak, and it was a real blessing at a time I was struggling to get back into a daily morning prayer and Bible-reading time. I highly encourage you to buy your own copy today. I promise it will be one of the best investments you make. (Buy it here now. It’s on sale!)
Shhhhhh….Did You Hear That?
Were you listening? Good! Then you were doing it! You were “practicing” the third secret of the secret place: Listening for God to speak.
God primarily designed the secret place to be a place where He speaks to us. That is why we shut the door (See Day 2); to shut out all the distractions that would keep us from hearing Him.
The Most Important Word In The Bible
In his book, Bob explains that the word “hear” is the most important word in the Bible. Just think about it: How many times did Jesus say, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”?
When we hear from God and then act on His word, everything changes! That’s where the power of prayer lies; not in convincing God to answer our requests or work things to meet our agenda, but in our waiting to hear His agenda and then putting it into action.Things don't change when I talk to God; things change when God talks to me. Click To Tweet
It’s Not An Everyday Thing
Now please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying here. Just going into your secret place and waiting for God to speak doesn’t guarantee He will. At least not immediately. It may be days or weeks or longer before you hear Him speak. But oh, when you do….it is so worth the wait!
This is also not to say it’s wrong to lay your requests and concerns at Jesus’ feet during your prayer time. It just shouldn’t be all you do in your secret place. You know that saying, “It’s all about me”? Yeah, well…..it’s not. 😉 It’s always all about God.
I say that all the time, I know. But only because it’s so important! And how do we make wise choices? By listening to wisdom from Heaven. Psalm 95: 7 tells us, “Today, if you will hear His voice…” The key word here is “if.” The responsibility is ours….not God’s. If we want to hear, we have to listen.
It almost sounds contradictory, doesn’t it, my telling you to pray but don’t say anything? Or maybe you’re thinking, “I can’t hear God’s voice. Why would He talk to me?” But you’d be wrong. Jesus Himself said He talks to us (even knowing every sinful thing about us) and we can hear Him!
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27
Satan will try to distract you. (I’ve said this before, too, haven’t I?) He will tell you you’re not worthy….but he’s a liar. God wants to talk to you. He’s waiting in your secret place to talk to you. It just takes practice and patience. And, of course, we need to enter into His Presence with a heart ready to listen.
A Couple Tips
If you find yourself struggling to wait on God, here are a couple things I do that may be helpful.
- Keep a notepad nearby. When thoughts pop in your head and threaten to distract you, immediately write them down and put them out of your mind.
- Write a few prayers out. When you’re having problems focusing, read your prayers aloud. It’s no less heartfelt just because they’re not “off the cuff.” I find that once I get started, the conversation begins to flow naturally.
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer….expanding as thoughts as they come to you. For example, “Give us this day our daily bread. Father, I am so blessed to have food filling the cupboards. Thank you! Help me to make good choices in what I eat, and how much I eat. Help me to respect the body you’ve given me for the temple that it is. May I always honor You with it.”
Don’t forget that this is only Day 3. Learning to be quiet in your secret place is a process. But I’m confident that if you stick with it, you will find your “groove.” God will be patient with you. You be patient with you, too. And remember….