Week 27: Listening

Preparation

  • Recite Psalms 130 & 131
  • Sing the old hymn: “The LORD is in his holy temple / let all the earth keep silence before him. / Keep silence! / Keep silence! / Keep silence before him!”
  • Moment of silence

Presence through the word

  • Psalm reading (selected from below)
    • Morning:         Psalm  34
    • Noon:               Psalm  49
    • Vespers:          Psalm  81
    • Night:               Psalm  143
  • Moment of Silence
  • Scripture readings:
    • Monday:          Deuteronomy 6:4-25
    • Tuesday:         Isaiah 51:1-6
    • Wednesday:    Isaiah 51:7-11
    • Thursday:       Isaiah 51:12-16
    • Friday:            Isaiah 51:17-23
  • Moment of Silence

Practicing the presence

It seems we always want to hear from God. We do not want to hear a word from God: we want a paragraph! But if we never take time to listen to him through the text, or through God’s community (or through family members who might really be listening), why should we expect God to speak?

In James 1 we are told to ask for wisdom but if we don’t ask in faith then we shouldn’t expect to receive an answer. “Faith” in James refers to active obedience. It is as if James is saying, “If you don’t plan to follow the wisdom God would give you–if you’re hedging your bets–why would you expect him to waste his time by granting wisdom?”

So this week, listen! Take a “vow of silence” in which you pledge to yourself to not speak anything unnecessary. Don’t broadcast this vow. Just observe it and as you do listen to God as he speaks to you through the people you associate with and work with, through the community of God, and naturally through your reading of the text.

In prayer, instead of asking and trying to come up with phrases: spend the time in silent listening. Just be quiet before God. Don’t necessarily expect to hear anything–you are not praying to manipulate God. You are in silence before him acknowledging that He is the creator and all should be still and silent before him.

Prayers

  • Prayers of thanksgiving and petition
  • Journaling or silent reflection
  • “The Lord’s Prayer”
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About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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