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Quietness is essential to listening.
Many people seem uncomfortable with silence, especially if they are alone. In silence, we are able to hear the still, small, voice of the Lord. Certainly the prophet Elijah knew this. After receiving death threats from Queen Jezebel, Elijah escaped to an isolated desert area. There are Nick Cave he heard the Lord say to him.
" Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great strong wind tore into the mountain, and broke the rocks to pieces before the Lord,but the Lord was not in the wind, and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him and said, " What are you doing here Elijah. " 1 King 19:11-13
Quietness is essential to listening. If we are too busy to sit in silence and God presence; if we are preoccupied with thoughts or concerns about the day; if we have fill our minds for hours upon hours with carnal interference and aimless chatter. Then we are going to have difficulty listening to that still, small voice of God. Set aside time to, " wait upon the Lord in silence. " You may find the late night or early morning is a good time of solitude and quiet for you. Asked the Lord to reveal to you a time and place, where you might turn off the cares and worries of the world for a few moments to listen to God.
So often we spend our prayer time by talking to the Lord, without spending any time just waiting in silence to see what the Lord might have to say to us. Take time to sit or kneel in silence before the Lord. Empty your mine of all other thoughts, concentrate on His Word and His presence with you. Ask God speak to you like Elijah did in the cave. The prophet Elijah is an amazing example of what can happen when believers pray with authority. When they come confidently to God asking Him to do something that glorifies God. We must pray with authority, God tells us to come boldly into His presence. God grants us the privilege to come before Him with authority, because of our position in Christ Jesus.
The New Testament tells us, " For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, there we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ( Heb 4:115-16. )
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