Listening Prayer

Listening Prayer/1 Samuel 3:1-10
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

 

Inward Disciplines

Outward Disciplines

Corporate Disciplines

Meditation

Simplicity

Confession

Prayer

Solitude

Worship

Fasting

Submission

Guidance

Study

Service

Celebration

 

Prayer

 

Adoration – appreciating God

Confession - acknowledging to God where we fall short

Thanksgiving – thanking God for all that God has given to us

Supplication – interceding for ourselves and others

 

Theme: Prayer as listening to God

 

God Speaks Uniquely

 

 

God Speaks Personally

 

Practice Challenge Week One/The Practice of Listening Prayer

 

1. Ask yourself questions like “What am I happy about/grateful for right now?” or “What do I regret or feel guilty about?” or “What am I worried about?” or “What am I excited about in the near future?” Write what comes to mind as it comes to you. Don’t edit as you go.

2. Take some time to place all of these thoughts and circumstances, your past, present, and future, in God’s hands. Actually look at your hands, fill them with your concerns, and then lift them up to God and let them go.

3. Ask, “Lord, is there anything You would like to say to me?”

4. Select a short passage of scripture (more than a verse but less than a chapter) and read it slowly.

Read your passage again, and this time, select a word, phrase or verse that you like. What do you like about it? What does it reveal about God?