Prayer Steps: Stop, Look, and Listen
By Cathy Irvin
- Can we apply a few simple steps to our everyday prayer
life? Let's take a look at them.
When you make a decision, do you rush ahead or do you STOP and
evaluate the situation by asking God for His opinion? Do you LOOK
at all the pro's and con's? Do you LISTEN to that still small
voice by getting confirmation in the Word of God? Do you LISTEN
to wise council?
We need to get away from the noise of the world and pray. It
is important to STOP all our activities and really turn off the
world. Perhaps you will need to turn the ringer down on the phone,
or switch off the TV. Whatever it takes, just do it.
LOOK at the Word of God concerning the situation and find God's
perspective. Ask Him for His guidance in the matter. Once you
have made your case, then be very still and LISTEN for the answer.
Please keep in mind that the answer may not be "Yes"
or "No." It could be "Wait."
When I first learned to pray, I wanted a formula in order to
make it easy. I wanted to grow as a Christian. Later I bought
books on prayer and then taught on it. I found myself growing
into a deeper prayer called intercession. Now when I have a need
in my own life I can go back to these first principles and they
The topic of prayer can be an exhaustive study. The phrase "stop,
look, and listen" is a very wise saying and can keep us from
making unnecessary mistakes. Try and think of these three words
as road signs when you get alone with your heavenly Father to
pray. A sign is a warning and if we pay attention to them our
prayers can be answered more easily. God never intended prayer
to be complicated, so what are you waiting for? Let's go boldly
into the throne of grace and make our petitions known to our Father.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed
into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
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