I have a short collection of prayers that is currently being published. It is filled with prayers from Saints or other sources that over the years have affected me or helped my interior life in some way. I believe that there will always be a place in my prayer life for written prayers like that but it’s not the main part of my prayer life and written prayers shouldn’t be the main part of your prayer life either. God wants to speak with you. I really believe that every Christian should be listening to the messages that God has for them.(I am not talking about locutions or audible hearing but more a heart to heart communication) How can we call ourselves Christians if do not ask Christ what His will is for our lives. We will never hear His message for us or Christ’s will for our lives unless we take the time to listen. Time for listening should be an integral part of our prayer lives.
This can be a scary thought. Why? When we decide to listen to what God is saying to us He may say something we don’t like. When we ask Him for His will and His perspective then we know the Truth and we don’t always like the Truth.
It isn’t easy to add listening to our prayer. I have tried so hard to clear my mind, thinking that only then would I be able to hear that “still small voice” of God. This constant struggle to clear my mind went on for a long time. Mother Nadine of The Intercessors of the Lamb is an expert at teaching people to listen to God and she said to practice active listening which she describes as “asking specific questions”. This helped immensely because I didn’t necessarily need to just wait with an empty mind to hear whatever God had for me I could ask the deep questions of my heart. If we start this way then God will lead us into deep communication from His heart to ours.
Here are some thoughts that helped me develop listening:
Listen to Him…Matthew 17:5
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.