by Dr. Charles Stanley
How To Listen
You may be waiting for God to answer your prayers, but are you listening?
There is a reason our daily devotion and prayer time is called "quiet time," and it is because we are supposed to be still and quiet before Him. It is easiest to hear a still, small voice when all is silent. Yet in the hustle and bustle of a workaday world it is easy to fall into a rut of simply reporting your requests to God and walking away without taking the time to be quiet and listen.
Patrick Morley writes: "Our quiet times often become yet another perfunctory duty of the Christian life, another activity to verify our Christianity to ourselves. When this happens, the quiet time has become secularized. We cannot apply worldly methods to spiritual needs.
"We are too busy. The suffocating pace of secular society subtly strangles our personal devotions. We must come apart to meet with the Lord. But, it seems we can barely function without the dull drone of a radio or a television in the background.
"Some of us have forgotten why we take time, and with Whom we spend it. Instead of thinking of devotions in terms of what we want from God, perhaps some of us need to reevaluate. Let us go and meet with God and humbly quiet ourselves before the throne of His grace. Leave the religious party horns and hats to others."
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