Don’t just talk – listen!

 

“Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’”
(1 Samuel 3:10)

How does God get a word in edgewise, in this high-tech, super-concentrated form of intense prayer? Easy. He does it in the same three ways anyone else would:

1. He waits for you to pause
2. He interrupts you
3. He answers your questions

From time-to-time, even in the midst of a fingers-flying-over-the-keys prayer blitz, you’ll pause, if only to work the kinks out of your weary digits. When you do, listen. If a thought pops into your mind, do what Eli taught the future prophet Samuel to do, as a young child.

Say, “Is that You, LORD? Talk to me!” Type out exactly what you believe God may be saying to you. Don’t forget to run a Word-check on it, according to 1 Corinthians 10:5b. But if after you take that thought “captive” you note that it is “obedient to Christ”, you might just have a keeper.

Let God interrupt you!

God has no qualms about interrupting you in mid-sentence, either. After all, He’s God. He has a right to say whatever He wants, whenever He chooses.

You know that irritating feeling you get when you’re trying to talk and somebody keeps trying to interject a comment? The next time you get that feeling during prayer, type it out and pull a Samuel: “Is that you, LORD?” If it passes the 1Corinthians 10:5b test, listen. Very carefully. God’s a gentleman. He wouldn’t interrupt you if it wasn’t extremely important.

Ask away!

Finally, ask lots of questions during prayer. Then listen for God’s answers, typing them out and applying the Samuel question coupled with 1Corinthians 10:5b.

Do these three things and in short order you’ll discover something interesting. God knows how to use a computer, too.

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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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