The Gift of Having God’s Ear

22 03 2014
I was talking to a friend the other day about prayer. It seems the prevalent attitude about prayer is to “talk to God as if you are talking to a friend”. although I disagree with the theology behind such a statement and do not see it demonstrated in the prayer life of Jesus, at least it is a start. Our prayer life is not to stay in the starting place but is to grow into a deepening relationship with the One who listens.
My time in prayer is a life-line, a reset button, a time of romance, a sanctuary of security, an embrace by my Heavenly Father, a means of spiritual stability, a haven for forgiveness, a time of listening, a daily connection with the God of the universe, a time of awe,  a means of freshness, a source for strength, and an extreme privilege. Prayer is so much more than asking yet it is our privilege to ask for ourselves and to come on the behalf of others.  Prayer is extremely personal and to share this secret time of intimacy seems sacrilegious. Sharing  thoughts to my friend about my prayer time was somewhat difficult and rarely discussed.
I will lean on an excerpt taken from John Piper’s blog site.
Pastor Dave

Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Not only did he choose us before the world began, and give his Son to save us, and cause us to be born again, but he also sustains the whole of our Christian lives, from day one to that Day, in his matchless grace. He covers our lives with his unexpected kindness through people and circumstances, in good times and bad, and showers us with unforeseen favor in sickness and health, in life and in death.

But he doesn’t always catch us off guard. He has his regular channels — the means of grace — the well-worn pathways along which he is so often pleased to pass and pour out his goodness on those waiting expectantly. The chief thoroughfares are his word, his church, and prayer. Or his voice, his body, and his ear.

The Speaking God Who Listens

By his word, he reveals himself and expresses his heart, and unveils his Son as the culmination of his speaking. By his word, he creates (Genesis 1:3) and recreates (2 Corinthians 4:4), not just individual members, but a body called the church.

And wonder of wonders, not only does he express himself and bid us hear his voice, but he wants to hear ours. The speaking God not only has spoken, but he also listens — he stops, he stoops, he wants to hear from you. He stands ready to hear your voice.

Christian, you have the ear of God. We call it prayer.

The Great Purpose of Prayer

It shouldn’t surprise us, then, to find that prayer is not finally about getting things from God, but getting God. Born in response to his voice, prayer makes its requests of God, but is not content to only receive from God. Prayer must have him.

It is not wrong to want God’s gifts and ask for them. Most prayers in the Bible are for the gifts of God. But ultimately every gift should be desired because it shows us and brings us more of him. . . . When this world totally fails, the ground for joy remains. God. Therefore, surely every prayer for life and health and home and family and job and ministry in this world is secondary. And the great purpose of prayer is to ask that — in and through all his gifts — God would be our joy. (John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God, 142–143)

Or, as C.S. Lewis says so memorably, “Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine” (The World’s Last Night and Other Essays, 8).


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