March 31, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
“Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear…” (Isaiah 4-5)
OPEN MY EARS: If your relationship with God is anything like mine, you likely find yourself doing most of the talking. Unfortunately, listening often takes a back seat. Today, ask God to open your ears.
An overview of our prayer life: We tell God about our day – what went well and where we stumbled. We ask God to watch over our family and offer special intentions for our friends that are struggling. We present our list of things we need – comfort, peace, a release from anxiety, rest, etc. Does this sound like your prayer life?
There is nothing wrong with any of the elements of prayer listed above. However, we left out an important piece; we didn’t allow time to just listen.
At some point in our prayers, we need to say to God, “Your turn.” We need to ask questions and then take time in silence to allow God to respond: What is your will for me? How can I better serve you? Will you forgive me? Will you help me understand your plan for me? What is it that you want to tell me?
With questions asked, we can say, “Open my ears now, that I may hear your voice.”
Build silence and the practice of listening into your prayer life. God will open your ears if he knows you will listen.