Jesus repeats this admonition seven times in Revelation 2-3. So, how are you doing in letting the Holy Spirit whisper to your spirit?
Randy Kroening credits Loren Stone for this profound insight: The Holy Spirit speaks LOUD ENOUGH to be hear, yet SOFT ENOUGH to be ignored.
Think about that for a moment. Our God is an awesome communicator, yet we are so often inadequate listeners.
This is what Jesus said about the role of the Spirit of truth He was about to send:
John 16:13-15. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore, I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
The companion for “listening prayer” is “asking prayer.” But there is no substitute for listening and letting God speak into our hearts what is important for us to hear. And it is usual that as we are listening, the Spirit informs us about what we should be asking in prayer. (Romans 8:26)
Did you ever notice that the prayer the Lord taught His disciples involved worship, seeking, and asking? The listening part comes in the request “. . . may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Did you ever notice the listening component in Christ’s three-fold directive, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)
At Clearwater Church, we have come to prioritize listening prayer because . . .
• Listening prayer allows for the full enthronement of Christ in any church.
• For Christ truly to be Head of His church, the members of His Body must LISTEN!
• Listening prayer must be placed at the heart of local church governance.
• Our leadership commitment is: “Lord, if You speak clearly, we will obey courageously.”
• Training partners in church ministry in listening prayer is the key to unity and anointing.
• Christ will build His Church through us if and as we ask, wait, listen, and obey.
Listening prayer is the norm for Christian living.
Paul says, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14. So, it is not just for “super saints,” nor is it confined to special prayer meetings. We are to live our lives in touch with the guidance of the indwelling Spirit. To be guided by the Spirit requires listening to Him.
In my next posting, I want to describe listening prayer in a practical way. I want to direct our thoughts to the question, “What does God sound like?” It will thrill your heart, and encourage you into a deeper, more profound adventure in your walk with Christ. We can all learn to listen better — and listen better together.