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Listening To God Important

How much of our time spent with the Lord should consist of listening rather than praise or petition? 10% 5% 25% 50% 75% What is your view?

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 ---alan8869_of_UK on 8/8/06
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I think we should be listening 100% of our waking moments. Also I do not think listening is mutually exclusive with the other activities you mention. Many times halfway through a prayer the Lord puts new things into my heart and I incorporate it into the ongoing prayer. It's just like a regular conversation.
---Benny on 2/14/08

I wouldn't be able to put a percentage on it, but MOST of prayer should be praise.
Prayer is really not about me, it's about HIM, seeing His will and learning what He wants of me.

When I concentrate on praise, I don't feel the need to ask much of the Lord. He knows my needs and I am content. I do intercede for others...those I know and those the Lord brings to my mind.
---Donna2277 on 5/4/07

Its a two way thing,God LOVES us to praise Him, but if we do all the talking and petitioning we wont hear His voice. I pray, praise , request, thank and wait to hear Him in my spirit.I talk just as if He was with me in person, anytime, anywhere..I cant put a percentage , but I constantly talk with and night..I have learnt to speak and to listen..praise Him.
---karin on 9/5/06

Tom ... there's more to it than that. There's looking outwards as well as upwards. We are told to lve our neighbour & feed the hungry etc. Somehow we need to know how and where to do that ... that is when the listening comes in ... and I find there is no audible instruction, but God helps my brain to work out what to do.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/14/06

alan, I truly believe that most of our time is spent as children with the Iwant,or the I need attitude.when In reality God knows what we need. As christ said who of you by worry can add one moment to your life, so you who can,t do such a liitle thing why worry about what you will wear.or eat.our time should be spent in humble thanks to God for who he is, what he has done,and will do for his children.eternal life with him PRETTY GOOD GIFT
---tom2 on 8/14/06

Tom ... Same thing, different words
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/14/06

Sometimes the simplest things are most profound. My prayer time, especially the listening part, was greatly impacted by a few written words..."Be still and know that I am God", and WAIT on the Lord
---christina on 8/13/06

God doesn,t lead are thinking . we aa christians make the free will choice to follow jesus and obey God. then the holy spirit leads our hearts. our spirited filled life is now controlled by thoughts of What does God want from me, or what can I do for God or my neighbor. Instead of I need more money, and a bigger house, and a better car, and blah,blah,blah,
---tom2 on 8/13/06

Also about listening in general. It's very helpful to kjnow that others also have the feeling that God leads our thinking, rather than suddenly commanding.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/13/06

Thanks folk for your honest comments about private prayer.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/13/06

alan, I just wish that most christians would truly understand God.God will not be mocked,as a man sows so shall he reap.I ask very little of God he has already done so much.given me life,his son,family,and a enumerable number of blessings. but more than that a peace that truly passes all understanding.
---tom2 on 8/12/06

alan, the problem with the human race is we have never learned its better to listen and learn than to talk .listening to God is where all the answers come from to every situation and circumstance that occurs in our lives.I would say 1000 percent of the time or more.What God says is the answer ,not what we think we hear.
---tom2 on 8/10/06

Alan, I firmly believe that God does lead the thoughts of the brain. I know a few people who say that they heard God speak to them audibly, just as clearly as if a person next to them spoke but that is not my experience. I have found that when God wants me to do something (whether or not I had previously asked Him about it) He just does not let the subject go. It niggles me, prevents me from sleeping etc. and sometimes even gets other people involved, until I have acted upon it. Does that help at all?
---emg on 8/10/06

Alan of UK--if you ask the Lord to guide you, but nothing new comes to mind, I would say just do what seems best to you and trust God to direct your thinking. If you lack a sense of peace about a decision, even if you can't identify why, think again.

Maybe some people go on and on in public prayer, praising, because they aren't certain how else to pray (being self-conscious) Private prayer is different. You can say anything...wait in silence...then pray some more. God's the only One listening.
---Donna2277 on 8/9/06

Alan, it's not usually a sudden thing with me either. It's more like a slow unfolding of increasingly specific answers to increasingly specific prayers. So I get the feeling I'm being led to a specific conclusion. I'm not sure if this makes sense to anyone or if it is just me.
---Benny on 8/9/06

emg ... My private prayer worries me, because whilst I may ask about a need, or a worry, I heve never heard had a resounding sudden word from God, still lss that one which has changed the plan of action which I already had.
Usually, I find that in a peaceful frame of mind, and I hope in communion with God, I have worked out what I should do about helping so-and-so, or which charity to support. I say, I hope, but do I kid myself, is it just wishful thinking that God is leading the thoughts of my brain?
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/9/06

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emg ... I was really thinking of both.
As far as public prayer is concerned, I can sympathise with what happensa t your prayer times. I am CofE and we don't have open prayer at church services, led by one of the congreagation. I notice that we seldom ask God to tell us how much to give, or who to visit, or where to look for those needing help.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/9/06

We praise God by reflecting HIs glory in our lives. Prayer is not a time to praise God. Prayer is for seeking peace with God. The only petition we should present to God in our prayers is, "How may I better serve you Lord, what must I give up to be completely submissive to you?" We should not seek blessings from God it is not his responsibility to bestow glory to us. It is our responsibility to live life to glorify our Lord.
---Ryan on 8/9/06

Before one is saved by God's grace their soul is in direct conflict with the Spirit of God. Fellowship and communion with God through prayer is a two way road. Spending time in your secret place is the only true way to listen and fellowship with the Father. We ask the Lord how we may live to glorify Him and He will answer.
---Ryan on 8/9/06

Mat 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
This scripture addresses the question perfectly. The peacemaker is one that is in constant prayer. THey are seeking to make peace within their soul with the Spirit of God. The master of the soul from birth (The FLesh) needs to be crucified and through prayer the soul needs to come to peace with the Spirit.
---Ryan on 8/9/06

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Alan, are you referring to private prayer or praying aloud in church? What I have experienced in church is that whenever there is a silence, which we should really all be happy with now and again so that we can listen, someone else will then pray. In my own church I always know which one (of two) men will do that because they just cannot cope with silence. I happens every time. I think that the listening bit can only really be done at home. Perhaps others have experienced things differently.
---emg on 8/9/06

I'm guessing that most of our problems stem from the fact that we prefer to be heard rather than to hear others and that includes hearing God's voice. I think that the majority would admit to asking more than listening, especially where communing with God is concerned but I know that I personally need a better balance. Probably praise, listen, ask, in that order.
---M.P. on 8/9/06

Benny ... I am glad you said that. But so often I have heard prayers which go on and on about how wonderful God is, and then a little about asking for things for self & others & that is it.
Asking God to feed the hungry means nothing unless we listen to hear what God says to us about what we should do about it.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/9/06

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