Remember the Verizon commercial where the guy tries standing in different locations all over the world saying, “Can you hear me now?” Occasionally, like the listener of a dropped cell phone call, we can have difficulty hearing from God. But unlike the listener of a dropped, out-of-range call, it’s not the Heavenly Caller’s position that is hindering us from hearing, it’s our own.
John 8:47 says, “He who belongs to God HEARS what God says…” Prayer is meant to be a conversation between God and us. There are a multitude of reasons why our spiritual line can get choked. A.W. Tozer addresses a big reason in the devotion below. So slow down, practice spiritual concentration, and listen. God is saying, “CALL ME and I WILL show you great and mighty things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Can you hear Him now?! Good.
Take Time to Listen
~ by A.W. Tozer
The Quakers had many fine ideas about life, and there is a story from them that illustrates the point I am trying to make. It concerns a conversation between Samuel Taylor Coleridge and a Quaker woman he had met. Maybe Coleridge was boasting a bit, but he told the woman how he had arranged the use of time so he would have no wasted hours. He said he memorized Greek while dressing and during breakfast. He went on with his list of other mental activities–making notes, reading, writing, formulating thoughts and ideas–until bedtime.
The Quaker listened unimpressed. When Coleridge was finished with his explanation, she asked him a simple, searching question: “My friend, when dost thee think?”
God is having a difficult time getting through to us because we are a fast-paced generation. We seem to have no time for contemplation. We have no time to answer God when He calls.
“Thank You, Lord, that You convicted me some time ago about this need for time to think, of the need for solitude and silence. Make this increasingly possible for me, but also for many of my brothers and sisters who have not discovered the value of this slowing down. Amen.”
This is a picture of little Harold Whittle who is hearing for the first time after a doctor places an ear piece in his ear.