Many of our conversations tend to be only one-way. We do a lot of talking, but not a lot of listening. And this seems true even in our relationship with God. While it’s good to talk with God and share our hearts with him, we must also learn to listen as well.
Ideally, prayer is a two-way street. Yes, the sharing of ourselves with God, and also learning to hear and receive guidance from his Spirit.
All too often we’re simply talking at God and not enjoying intimate dialogue with each other. This is not the example we see in the saints of old, such as King David, and it’s certainly not the life modeled by Jesus himself.
More connection and presence is available with the living God than we often tap into.
What is God’s take on the current state of our marriage? Are there particular things he’s trying to show us to care for the heart of our wife? And what is his interpretation when her words cut deep?
What is God showing us about the needs of our kids, in general and on this particular day?
Likewise, how is he speaking into the issues of our work, friendships, and the deep movements of our own hearts?
While we might pray to God about these things, are we also taking the time to pause and listen for his response?
We miss much of the life and strength God offers when we don’t take the time to listen. And this can leave us frustrated and seemingly wandering in circles. It’s not that God is uninvolved in the details of our life, but rather that we’re missing his presence by not tuning into his voice.
Let your prayers be a true dialogue – talking with and learning to listen to the living God throughout your life and relationships.