A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, I grew up in a very traditional household, where reading the Bible and praying daily were expected, but no one ever taught me to listen to You when I pray— and after years of trying to on my own, I haven’t heard a thing. I’m totally comfortable praising You, thanking You, and requesting things like help and strength in prayer. But as far as hearing Your voice, to me that’s a privilege reserved for saints, religious leaders and other rare people You choose to reveal Yourself to. Still, so many ‘regular’ Christians I’ve met talk about having conversations with You that sound so real, it’s making me wonder if I’m missing out. Lord, I leave it up to You: Is talking with You rather than at You asking too much? And if not, how do I get out of my own way enough to hear what You’re saying?”
Wisdom of the Word
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight.
—Paul (likely) in an open letter to the Hebrews 4:12–13 NKJV
We understand and yet…
Sometimes we feel we’re not special enough to have the close relationship with You that others have. We want to be as worthy as those who hear Your voice clearly and converse with You easily. What can we do to get to where they are?