The Listening Hour
Last Monday at 12.25pm I arrived rather hurriedly at the CONNECT building to lead the Listening Hour in the prayer room there. I was so looking forward to listening to God for an hour of quiet and to see what He might say. What I hadn’t quite realised is just how many other people were also looking forward to it too. We were, a little bit uncomfortably, packed in like sardines, almost shoulder to shoulder in the prayer room. It felt that any move, any cough or sneeze or rustle of clothing was magnified in the silence.
Silence can feel a strange thing especially when done in community. It is something that we don’t get much of in our modern world which is full of distractions and noise, much of which comes from the mobile phones we carry in our pocket. Silence can be something we avoid with constant background noise from the radio or TV: anything to keep our minds distracted. Yet, when silence is embraced it is as if our minds begins to empty themselves of all the clutter they are carrying, allowing space for God to speak.
The Listening Hour started very simply with a reading from the Bible, Psalm 19:14
‘May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.’
Armed with pen and paper we then listened in the quiet for God to speak, writing down anything that came to us. After about forty-five minutes of silence we then shared what we felt God had given to us.
The great thing about listening to God as a community is that together you begin to see patterns in what God might be saying through various people. The Bible says we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, and so it is important when we listen to God that we check out with each other not only what we feel God is saying but also what it means and how we are to apply it.
As the group shared what they felt God had given them, I couldn’t help being reminded just how much God has a heart for the lost and how he wants to bring them into His kingdom. Moreover, how we as His church are called to work with Him on this. My hope is that as we listen more, God will teach us clearly how He wants us to do this.
The next Listening Hour is on Monday 4th February 2019 at 12.30pm at the CONNECT building and all are welcome.
Every blessing in Christ,