There are times when I feel lost, out of touch with God. It’s something I bring on myself, not intentionally, but through my thought processes, I realize that I have been lax in “living” my life for God.
I ran across an article in Guidepost magazine written by Reba McEntire titled “Reba’s Guide to Life. Hint: It’s all about listening”. After reading it, I came up with the following formula to resolving my prayer and faith problems.
The steps are: Stop, Listen and Pray.
STOP: Stop whining, talking, day dreaming. Stop blaming my problems on anyone and anything other than myself. Stop thinking that I am in charge. There’s an old saying that says “we all want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.” And another good one is “If God is your co-pilot, swap seats”.
LISTEN: This came from Reba’s article in Guidepost magazine. She said that her grandmother taught her to listen. When praying, she talked to Jesus about what was on her heart. She said that the most important part of praying is listening real hard to what God wants you to do; listen with your heart. I won’t steal anymore from her article, but it was very apparent to me that Listening is a vital part of praying. Another quote I have heard is “our biggest problem in communicating is that we are too busy thinking about what we are going to say next, rather than listening to what people are saying to us”.
And finally, PRAY: Once you have listened to what God is telling you, then you can pray, letting Him know of all your concerns and issues. Pray with your heart, only speaking when absolutely necessary. That may sound weird, but the most honest part of you is your heart. The mind can conjure up all sorts of excuses for our sins, but the heart cannot lie. Love your God with all your heart, soul and mind, but pray from your heart.
Let God guide the conversation, and then really listen and respond with your heart.