Some of our short term missionary team members once came back all excited about Listening Prayer. They went through the organization “Adventures in Missions” (www.adventures.org) and learned a lot from the daily practice of this discipline.
The idea is not complicated. Seth Barnes in his book “The Art of listening Prayer: Finding God’s Voice Amidst Life’s Noise” talks about it this way:
- When you are ready, quiet yourself and examine your heart. It’s often good to begin by reading Scripture. Ask the Lord to speak to you through it.
- Ask the Lord to protect you in Jesus’ name from deception.
- Ask God to speak clearly in a way that you can understand, and to confirm anything God shared with you in Scripture.
- Write down a question for prayer. Then pause. This is where you wait and listen. The Lord has much to say to you. The Lord may direct you to another passage of Scripture. The Lord may share a tender word. Whatever you feel the Lord may be saying to you, write it down.
Used by permission from “The Art of Listening Prayer” copyright 2004 by Praxis Press, Inc. Available at: Missions Resources.com - Daily Devotionals