Listening Prayer

“A praying person hears the voice of God.” – Pastor Doug Kelley

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Doug Kelley

July 2

LISTENING PRAYER

Most believers feel guilty that they don’t pray enough. The Bible says that we are to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). If prayer is defined as nothing more than man talking to God, we have a problem. But true prayer is just like a telephone conversation – speaking and listening.

Famous Christian leader Oswald Chambers said, “Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life.” Missionary William Carey said, “Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness.” God says that His house shall be called a “House of Prayer” (Matt 21:13).

Richard Foster says, “Certain things will happen in history if we pray rightly. We are to change the world by prayer.” John Wesley agrees, “God does nothing but in answer to prayer.” Prayer is not always fun – it is work. Our ears can be so filled with the world’s wax that we can’t hear His still, small voice.

Oftentimes, our prayers do not seem to change our circumstances. But, fervent and effectual prayer will change the person praying. I like the old song that says, “I just heard from heaven, and it’s alright now.” God solves problems, lifts burdens, changes hearts and confirms direction when we pray.

TAKEAWAY: A praying person hears the voice of God.

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