Thank you for being a God of interactive communication. I am amazed that You, the Lord of the universe, communicates with me personally. Thank you for speaking to me and listening to me! The Bible tells the story of Your desire to commune intimately with mankind (Exodus 25:8, John 1:14, Revelation 21:3). What a privilege it is to know that You want to know us and be known by us. As the God of all wisdom, You promise to share Your wisdom generously (James 1:5). Please find me willing and worthy as Your student and Your friend (Psalm 25:12,14).
My desire is to be attentive to Your voice. I pray that You would show me any sin in my heart that is interfering with my communication with You (Psalm 66:18). Humbly I ask that You would forgive me for the times that I have been inattentive to Your leading in my life or slow to respond to Your gentle prompting. My desire is to have a heart that is sensitive to the guidance of Your Sprit of Truth (John 16:13). When You speak to me in the night or the day, through Your Word, through nature or through other avenues, may my ears be tuned to You so that I cannot miss Your voice.
Listening carefully to those around me is also so important. When my children come to me wide-eyed and excited, telling a story, help me to listen with genuine care and attention. When my spouse or another friend speaks, help me to listen with a focused mind. When others offer genuine advice or criticism, please help me to be open to accepting their input so that I may be wise in the end (Proverbs 19:20).
I bring ________ before You and I pray that You will build into him/her an attentive and teachable spirit. Please give him/her ears that are ready to listen to You and to others and protect ________ from the temptation to ignore anything You bring to his/her attention. I ask that _______ would develop a deep respect for You. As _______ learns to revere You, I trust that You will grow in him/her a spirit that is humble and contrite – one whom You esteem (Isaiah 66:2).
I ask that early in life ________ would learn to practice effective listening skills. As ________ grows and matures, may he/she become someone who is “. . . quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry”(James 1:19). Listening is such a crucial aspect of learning and obedience. I pray that ________ wild reach his/her full potential spiritually because he/she has learned to be attentive to Your voice. In school, sports, music or whatever avenues in which ________ pursues competence or excellence, I pray that he/she will be teachable and humble so that he/she makes wise use of the talents You have given him/her.
Thank you for giving us directions for living life. Whether we turn to the right or to the left, give us ears to hear Your voice saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). For this is the desire of our family: to walk in Your ways so that we can influence the world for You. We pray together, “Teach [us] to do Your will, for You are [our] God; may your good Spirit lead [us] on level ground” (Psalm 143:10). Amen.
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