Day Five: Listening Prayer

Ephesians 6:19-20 – Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.

“There are many ways in which we practice being open to God’s presence and grow in hearing His word—Scripture study, worship, prayer, and meditation. When I speak of listening to God’s voice, I mean developing a practice of communion with the Father in which we are constantly asking, “Lord, what do you want me to do now? How do you want to use me? How should I pray? Whom do you want me to evangelize? Is there someone you want to heal?” Sometimes the Holy Spirit give me specific insights about people for whom I am praying. These come as impressions—specific words, pictures in my mind’s eye, or physical sensations in my body that corresponds to problems in their bodies. These impressions help me know who and what to pray for as well as how to pray.” [John Wimber]

The ‘how to’ in praying in/by the Spirit, is about the openness and willingness to hear and to obey the Spirit’s leading, which comes with His empowering. Hence, it becomes as much about listening as it is about praying/asking.

Lord Jesus, we pray for hearts that are open and listening to your Spirit’s leading and convictions. Show us of your heart and will over every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK