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Listen to God

March 25, 2013

“We agreed that our own ideas and expectations tended to make us deaf to hearing God’s will. We needed, at least at times, to just lay them down and listen. Leave the next move entirely to God.”[1]

As we move through this week towards Resurrection Sunday, we follow Jesus as He walks through the week in obedience to God. This must be the most difficult week of His ministry. He knows the end result of the week. He knows the physical pain awaiting him. Yet, He only desires to do God’s will. “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42, ESV) Jesus knew of the things to come. He really wanted it to pass by unfulfilled, but submitted to the Father’s will.

Throughout the ministry of Jesus, He took times to get separate from the crowd and engage God in prayer. Prayer is a two-way communication. There must be a time of listening. Without listening, we are only babbling to God, treating Him like a magician or a genie in the bottle. It is like we are saying, “Here is my list of problems, wants, and desires. Please take care of it.”

This week, stop using prayer as a fix-it for all your problems. Go to the garden and pray as Jesus did. Ask and listen. Surrender to His will. Seek God’s direction for you, and take action towards that end.

[1] Mike Yankoski. Under the Overpass: A Journey of Faith on the Streets of America. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2005. 86

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