Proverbs 4:23 tell us to guard our hearts because it is the wellspring of life. Everything flows from the heart. Who are we, really? What’s really going on deep inside of us? God says that our hearts are deceitful, but that He is able to search our hearts and get to the root of our being (Jeremiah 17:9-10). In this section of our 90 Days of Listening we want to ask God to search our hearts and help us to better understand who we really are at the core of our being.
Helpful “Be Still” Exercises:
- Prayer of Examen
- Guard your Heart
-Hands up, Hands Down
Passages for Lectio Divina:
Matthew 6: 19-24
Loving Father, change my heart.
(for Journaling, for thought, for prayer).
Heavenly father, what do you love?
Lord - where is my treasure, what do I love?
Show me my heart, what has it hardened to?
Where is the Holy Spirit beginning to soften my heart?
In what areas of my life do I require a “heart-change” – how can I become more like you?
What breaks your heart? Start to break mine for these things.
Now that we’ve completed the first 21 days of Listening Prayer, we want to use what we’ve learned to focus our listening in specific ways. Over the remainder of the 90 Days of Listening, you will receive one of these bookmarks (every 10 days) providing you with a different focus for your listening prayer.
Think back over your experience of the first 21 days. Take a moment to review the Still booklet we provided. Which of the exercises were the most helpful and meaningful to you? Use those as a “style” to help you further develop your habit of listening prayer. With this in mind, choose from the suggested exercises provided on each of the bookmarks to focus your listening over the period of ten days.
Let’s review the 4 basic components of listening prayer:
1. Be still. Focus on God
2. Ask a question.
3. Listen for God’s answer.
4. Respond to God’s word.
Remember that silence is not the absence of something – it is how we attend to the Presence of God. We are training the ears of our souls to hear God’s voice, as He chooses to speak to us.
It’s okay if you don’t “hear” anything – especially at first. Remember that the goal is to turn our hearts toward God and to be still before Him. That is enough. God will speak to us if He chooses to. But even if He doesn’t, we will still become more aware of His Presence and be blessed by that.