How to Listen and Pray

By Gateway Church on Sat, Feb 24, 2024 / Updated at Mon, Feb 26, 2024

Prayer: A Normal, Dynamic Conversation

A look through the Gospels shows us that Jesus’ prayers were incredibly dynamic, honest, and authentic. From the simplicity of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9–13 to His heartbroken plea in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36–46, Jesus showed us that prayer is about relationship with our heavenly Father.

Prayer is a direct line of communication between us and God, and it has power. Ask Him to open the eyes of your heart so you can start living out the same kind of dynamic, vibrant relationship with Him that Jesus modeled.

And just like in a regular conversation, prayer isn’t all about talking to God—it’s about listening to Him as well. As you begin each day, be completely open and honest with Him (He knows it all already anyway!), and then ask Him to share His heart with you. Stay quiet and listen—it may feel awkward at first, but prayer is a two-way conversation. Know that God wants to speak to you.

My sheep hear My voice. –John 10:27 (KJV)

Your Next Steps

God answers every prayer we pray. He hears every request and counts every tear we bring before Him, and He is faithful to answer. But we can learn a lot from Jesus’ prayers in the Bible on how to pray with specificity and power over the enemy and how to listen.

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