Before we consider the fifth question — “Lord, how?” – Let’s get our bearings. I have been unfolding the beauty and practicality of “Listening Prayer” in the last dozen postings. It differs from prayer as we have come to know it. What we offer to God are questions that explore His heart, and then we listen. He does most of the talking.
I have been suggesting a sequence of five questions in Listening Prayer. He answers those questions through Holy Spirit promptings in our hearts as we wait in faith for Him to answer. The Spirit, who inspired the Word of God, will speak through the Word to our hearts, and always in harmony with the written, inspired Word of God.
Quick Review: In a conversation with our Lord, we’ve been learning to ask, “Lord, What? What is on Your heart? Lord, Really? Did I understand that correctly? Lord, Why? Why did You share this with me? Lord, When? I am ready to obey You as you direct. Finally, Lord, How? Lead me to act in obedience in the way You direct.”
So then, “Listening Prayer” is on-going Communion with our Lord.
Observe how we Christians love to share communion together regularly in our worship services. We draw near to take the bread and cup as symbols reminding us of the love of Jesus, who submitted His body to the cross and allowed His life-blood to be shed for each of us. This gracious sacrifice provided our salvation. Looking back, we remember.
Now let’s build an analogy from that ceremonial communion. Listening Prayer is our daily, spiritual, private heart communion with our Lord. It is a personal conversation with our Friend and Master any and every moment of our life. We look upward for intimacy and forward for action. We ask and listen right here, right now.
Let’s build this analogy further. In the on-going communion we experience in Listening Prayer, there is the bread and the cup also. Let’s be thrilled at what Jesus declared was true about Himself, how He provides all that we need spiritually moment-by-moment:
John 6:35. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
John 7:37-38. 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.‘”
Jesus is our daily bread and living water. As our Bread He sustains us. As our Living Water He empowers us. We eat and drink at the communion table in our hearts (Revelation 3:20, Psalm 23:5).
Now, when Jesus says that out of our full heart “… will flow rivers of living water,” Jesus is filling us to use us in the lives of others. We are the conduit of the Living Waters to a thirsty world.
Now we are ready to ask the fifth question, “Lord, how?” Check in next week.