Day 22 - For Ears to Hear
- 2014 Oct 23
We live in a world of noise. Television, radio, machinery, cars, airplanes, sirens, everything is either talking at us or whirring around us.
Experts say that excessive noise can actually cause health problems, lowering our immune system and causing stress and anxiety.
With all the voices clamoring to be heard, how can we hear from God? He is a gentleman and is waiting for us to tune our ears to hear what He is saying.
He is always speaking. But do we take the time to listen?
One of my favorite things to do when I was growing up, was to wake up before sunrise and sit on my grandparent's back porch with my grandfather. He would light his pipe and we would stare out at a sea palmettos and tall pines and watch as night turned into day. The sun would creep ever so slowly up through the trees as we sat in the stillness and listened as the world came to life. Turtle doves, whippoorwills, the cattle in the distance. In the stillness you could discern each sound. But we had to come and sit for a moment or we would miss it.
What moments await us if we would but pause in stillness and listen to God.
Father, I come to pause in the quiet to ask You speak to us over the clamor. Lord, voices compete for our attention starting early in the morning. I pray that You would remind us each day to turn our ears to You. Teach us to begin every morning listening for Your voice, Your word. In the quiet. Expecting to hear.
Father, we once walked as the Gentiles walked, in the futility of our mind, darkened in our understanding and excluded from life with You, because of the ignorance that was in us and because of the hardness of our heart. (Ephesians 4:17-18) But, Lord we have laid that aside and ask that You renew us in the spirit of our minds. (Ephesians 4:23)
Tune our ears to You, Lord God. Let us be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. (James 1:19) And I pray that we would put aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness and in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save our souls. And that we prove ourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude ourselves. (James 1:21-22)
Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord, and grant us Your salvation. Let us hear what You are saying, for You will speak peace to Your people, to Your godly ones. (Psalm 85:7-8) Send out Your light and Your truth, and let them lead us. Let them bring us to Your holy hill, to Your dwelling place and we will go to Your altar, to You our exceeding joy. (Psalm 42:3-4)
Give us ears to hear, Lord, and speak. We are here and we are in need of You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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