Listening to God

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Listening to God

BlackfriarsIf someone tells you that God speaks to them do you think they’re likely to be a little bit crazy?

Maybe. But maybe not. I believe the Lord really does speak to us, and that he wants to be in a regular relationship of communication with us all the time.
The problem is, we find it difficult to listen to him and hear his voice. It’s kind of like trying to tune in to a distant radio station. We listen carefully and hear only static, then we can hear faint voices, then as we tune in more carefully we can make out the message. If we were to draw closer to the radio station the message would become even clearer.
I am a Benedictine oblate–that’s a third order Benedictine. I’ve spent much time visiting Benedictine monasteries on retreat. One of the things I’ve learned from the monks is the need for silence if we are to hear the voice of the Lord.
Do you want to learn how to listen to God? First of all find some silence. Turn off all the noise! Turn off all the screens you’re addicted to. Find some peace and quiet and do so regularly. Keep a time of prayer, and after the prayers leave time for sitting in silence. Speak to the Lord and then sit in alert and listening mode. Wait for a reply. Then continue to look and listen for the answer. The answer will come, but it may come in a way you don’t expect. It will take time and patience and experience to learn how to discern the voice of the Lord and respond to his call.
Next week I will write further on the art of listening to the Lord in prayer–especially how to discern the Lord’s voice and to be aware of the many different ways the voice of the Lord may come to you.

  • Deacon Dick Murtaugh

    Thanks for the uplift. Positive news about 24/7 listening, the First to have such, God Above. This article goes well with Boellmann’s, “Heures Mysatiques and 1887 Hook & Hastings”. Pipedreams # 1239. Enjoy listening, and I enjoyed reading worthy advice. God Bless.