1 Samuel 3:10 (NKJV )
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
Last week we explored why God gives us periods of silence and what we can do with those periods. This week we are going to explore, how we prepare to listen to God.
Consider the following:
Our scripture lesson, which I encourage you to read the whole chapter three to understand the context — but it highlights when God was calling Samuel and Samuel thought it was Eli. This was before Samuel knew God for himself, which is why he did not recognize God’s voice. After direction from Eli to answer God, Samuel was able to have an encounter with God. During this encounter, God spoke and it was so. The main takeaway is that Samuel was intentional about understanding who he was hearing and what was being said. I encourage you to not give up or get frustrated because the more consistent and intentional you become with God the more familiar you will get with God.
Today, I encourage you to prepare to listen to God through the following ways. Of note, the author of our book indicates it is not a rule or a guideline but simply what he has found work for him and myself. First, be intentional with the whole time become fully awake by taking a walk, stretching, making tea, or washing your face. It is really difficult but aims to not grab your phone. If your discipline is lacking with your phone, invest in an old-school alarm clock so you are not tempted. Further, fully waking up may practically involve getting enough rest. I also encourage people to sit in a chair, on the couch, or on the floor to prevent you from falling asleep again. After you awake yourself, sit quietly praying in the Spirit for about 10-20 minutes. Second, spend some time worshiping Him in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Use this time to thank God, and if you find yourself in a place of spiritual warfare and it is hard to identify what God has done for you, start by thanking Him for waking you up this morning. Third, read a portion of Scripture (not as study but just beginning with the simple prayer - "Lord speak to me through your Word"). Fourth, spend some time in confession and silence. Fifth, journal about your time because you may be experiencing God and not even recognize Him. Sometimes God will speak sometimes He will be silence, but I encourage you to write about your experience to see if there are any patterns of how He speaks to you (e.g., dropping scriptures or songs in your spirit which pertain to your situation.
Devotion is based on: “An Introductory Guide to Listening Prayer: God’s invitation for you to join Him on a quest.” click here to download the guide.