“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Rev.3:20
Holy Listening, as some call it, is one way to prepare the table of your heart for a feast with the Divine.
When we welcome someone into our home for dinner, we prepare well for company. To truly welcome someone is to be intentional. We know the Holy Spirit is always present, an indwelling presence for the born again believer. Yet, we know our world, our minds, our lives are noisy. The noise of the world and our own needs can crowd the voice of our Beloved.
When I experienced my first healing prayer training, I found that listening was the most important part of all prayer. We spend so much time speaking while, often, He is waiting to be heard.
Many believers think only some Christians can really hear from God. That belief is based on the merits of a person instead of the nature of our God. God does not change. He speaks to His children. The issue, often, is our willingness to listen.
Holy listening – a time of quiet before the Lord of Hosts – it is expectant. There is a time and place for complete silence before the Lamb of God.
“the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” – Hab. 2:20
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…….a time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecc. 3:1,7
I encourage you to turn off your radio/TV/phone and escape into the quiet with God. Thoughts will intrude. It happens to all of us. Simply allow the thoughts to move in and out freely – do not be hard on yourself. This is natural. Seeking anything spiritual will not be natural to natural man. It will “feel” off. That’s okay.
Just as we must wean off of caffeine or an addiction to other stimulants, our souls must wean off the need for noise.
Practice is your progress here.
Check out my post on listening and press into the heart of God today!