God speaks in the silence of the heart.
Listening is the beginning of prayer. Mother Teresa
Speaking + Listening + Waiting = Prayer Margaret Feinberg
Lent is known as the church’s ‘springtime’, a joyful season inviting us to deeper times of reflection and prayer.
Listening prayer turns our attention from fear – all that is wrong with us and the world – to drawing closer to our heart’s deep longings for love and unity with Christ. This is where we find our truest joy.
Prayer is continual conversation with God
There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. Brother Lawrence
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that He will listen to mine. Andrew Murray
Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation – and for me the most important part is listening to God’s replies. Frank C. Laubach
2. Spiritual conversation includes listening
The trouble with nearly everybody who prays is that he says ‘Amen’ and runs away before God has a chance to reply. Listening to God is far more important than giving Him our ideas. Frank Laubach
The first word in the Rule of Saint Benedict is “Listen”!
Often times God wants us to sit before Him in quietness. He doesn’t want us to do all the talking. As Isaiah 30:15 says: In quiet and confidence will be your strength. Charles Stanley
The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us,
but that we will hear Him. William McGill
It is in the listening that God becomes present and heals. The Word of God… is a word to heal us through, and in, our listening here and now. Henri Nouwen
3. Learn to discern God’s Voice and Presence
This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him! Mark 9:7
God’s voice is still and quiet and easily buried under an avalanche of clamor. Charles Stanley
So when we sing, ‘Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,’ we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts. A.W. Tozer
4. Listen to God’s Voice of Love
I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, love and more love. Jeremiah 31:3
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. John 15: 9-17
Prayer is essentially the expression of our heart longing for love. It is not so much the listing of our requests but the breathing of our own deepest request, to be united with God as fully as possible. Jeffrey D. Imbach Recovery of Love
Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. Great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
Loved for ourselves. Even loved in spite of ourselves.”
Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountaintop? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being. Henri Nouwen
Practice listening prayer:
After speaking to God, spend some time Listening + Waiting.
How does God come to me as I listen to the word?
What do I sense the loving voice of God saying to me?
To love another person is to see the face of God.