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Listening is a lost art in the human race…..………

Welcome to Gateway’s prayer page. We hope it will inspire, challenge and encourage you in your prayer journey. You will also find some prayer suggestions here to help you pray for the wider Gateway family.

“Many of us today find it difficult to hear the still, small voice of God because most of our prayer time is spent storming the gates of heaven with an endless barrage of noisy demands. We have failed to understand that prayer is a two-way street which not only enables us to speak to God, but also lets us hear the desire of His heart.” [Larry Randolph]

It is difficult to find silence in an age of technology and information. Silence challenges our cultural addiction to amusement, words, music, advertising, noise, alarms and voices. We find silence uncomfortable but there are occasions when it is good to sit down, ask nothing, and just listen. It is during those moments of solitude that we will begin to sense the heart of heaven.

Silence is defined as ‘The absence of sound, stillness, a period of time without speech or noise.’

Scripture tells us, ‘There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven….a time to be silent and a time to speak’ [Ecclesiastes3:1,7]

‘Know that it is by silence that the saints grew, that it was because of silence that the power of God dwelt in them, because of silence that the mysteries of God were known to them.’ [Father Ammons]

Maybe the prayer of Samuel should become our prayer [1 Sam3:9] ‘Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.’

Why is it that unless we have said something we feel our time has been wasted?

In stillness and silence we release everything that prevents us from resting in God and listening, in the depth of our hearts, for that Voice that assures us of our belovedness.

 

Be challenged:

When was the last time that you sat for any significant time in silence with God?

Where does the still, small voice of God fit into your hectic life?

Meditate on the following poem for a few minutes:

“Lord, I do not rush on.
I do not hurry on into the noise.
I silence my whirring mind, my racing thoughts.
I close my eyes.
I sit, I pause, I rest.
I stay here a moment in the quiet.
I wait in silence for You only.”

There is no need to race on. Do I want anything, anyone else?

In the prayer of quiet, we meet.”

For those who would question the validity of silence in prayer, be reminded that prayer is simply conversation with God; a two way street. We talk and He listens, He talks and we listen and sometimes we just sit together in silence.

All of us know how frustrating it is when talking with someone and finding ourselves unable to get a word into the conversation; it is totally one-sided. I wonder if God ever feels like that!

There is an old Indian proverb that says “be quiet lest all your talking makes you deaf”.

Maybe next time you come to pray you could spend time in silence – just listening. Who knows who and what you may hear……………

 

Do you want to pray for Gateway but don’t know what to pray?

Pray that we would be a listening people.

‘Speak Lord, for your servants are listening.’ [1 Samuel 3:9]

 

Pray Ephesians 1:17:

‘We ask that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father may give Gateway the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know Him better. We pray that the eyes of our heart’s may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which He has called us, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.’

Pray Habakkuk’s prayer, ‘Lord, we have heard of your fame, we stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord, renew them in our day, in our time make them known.’ [Habakkuk 3:2]

Prayer is our spiritual life breath. May it become a delight and never a chore, a joy and never drudgery and may we find ourselves gradually being transformed more and more into His likeness as we spend time in the quiet place of His presence.

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