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