Tuesday, March 3, 2015

That’s why you have two ears and one mouth

40 days
...Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:16 (NLT)

On a number of occasions, the Gospels record Jesus withdrawing to the wilderness. The purpose of these excursions wasn’t merely drawing away from people or circumstances; rather He was drawing near to the true Source of life – God Himself. He was intentionally creating time and space to be with God. Such time and space doesn’t emerge automatically; it requires discipline.
When is there time during your day that you can “withdraw” from everything and everyone else simply to be with God.  My experience tells me that in order to take something new on- I need to let something else go.
What activity could you withdraw from to create such space?
This isn’t merely a few moments to tell God what we need and how we want it. This is not a time for speaking, but listening. Just as listening precedes speaking in the development of a child’s language skills, so listening is to be the first expression of our communication with God in prayer. Find time each day between now and Easter to withdraw from everything and spend time listening to God.

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