It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, “Morning and Evening: A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.
This week we are going to focus each day on building a better relationship with God. Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!
With that said, let’s start our morning together!
Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.
MUSIC FOR A NEW DAY
I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.
PRAYER For Hearing God’s Voice
Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
So often my time spent in prayer becomes a one-sided conversation. I talk and talk, not giving you a chance to speak. I realize that I haven’t intentionally taken time to listen to you, Lord.
I confess my need for real change when it comes to my listening skills. Your Word says we should be “quick to listen”. I want to learn to listen as well as I pray.
Father, please help me become a better listener. I commit to setting aside time during prayer to just be still and listen. I pray as I embrace those quiet moments, I will hear from you in a fresh new way. I also believe through actively listening to you, I will be able to become a better listener for others. Thank you for reminding me to be still and simply listen.
In Jesus’ name,
AmenA Prayer for Developing Good Listening Skills | A Week of Prayers for Hearing from God
AFFIRMATIONS for hearing God’s Voice
Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.
As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:
- I will make time to be still today.
- I will make time today to not only hear God’s voice, but listen to it.
- I will find peace and security because I listen to the voice of God.
- I am a child of God and I love to hear His voice.
SCRIPTURES For Hearing God’s Voice
As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).
Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:
- Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
- Matthew 11:15, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
- Proverbs 1:33, “But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”
- John 8:47a, “Whoever is of God hears the words of God.”
Our challenge today is this: be still and listen for God’s voice.
We are all likely guilty of praying to God in such a way that it becomes this one-sided conversation where we unload all our baggage on to him and ask for help and a lot more. Then, we say “Amen” and walk away without actually listening for Him to respond to us.
So today, when we pray, lets take some time to simply be still and listen for God’s voice.
Quote of the Day
I also wanted to include a little quote of the day that maybe you’ll find some inspiration in as well.
Today’s quote comes from pastor and author, Henry T. Blackaby, and he said:
When God speaks, he does not give new revelation about himself that contradicts what he has already revealed in Scripture. Rather, God speaks to give application of his Word to the specific circumstances in your life. When God speaks to you, he is not writing a new book of Scripture; rather, he is applying to your life what he has already said in his Word.Henry T. Blackaby, “Hearing God’s Voice”
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