Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Amazing Vanishing Skeptical Believer

Hi gang!

Sorry I have been AWOL from the blog for awhile. We’ve had a bunch of real-world stuff come in all at once and take over most of my energies over the last few weeks. All good stuff though! My sister got married (and I had to sort of plan a last-minute, PG-rated bachelor party for her husband!), and I’ve been studying intensely for a very important job interview. Well the 2nd, in-person, interview was today and it went very well so hopefully I’ll hear back from them soon! That also means I should have more brain-cycles to devote to the blog now…which is good ‘cuz I’ve got a full list of topics to write about and explore!

Here’s my spiritual lesson of the day (so I can say that this post was at least about something!): you’ve all heard it said that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. This applies to our prayer life as well. We often spend so much time talking to God that we hardly ever spend any time listening to Him! Now of course it’s good to talk to God—He wants to hear from you—but it’s vital to take the time, slow down, and just be quiet and listen during prayer as well.

This can be very hard, believe me I know first-hand. But I have made a conscious effort to spend time in prayer listening, and I’ll tell you from my own experience, it is extraordinarily powerful. It has totally revolutionized my prayer-life and experience of God, and made me so much more fully aware of the reality of His presence and existence than ever before. You know, being the ‘Skeptical Believer’, it is often very hard for me to believe in things I can’t see or touch or physically talk to, but this very simple act of just turning off my mouth/thoughts and listening for the still, small voice has made me more of a believer than ever before.

Try it! It’s so easy to do, and yet so hard at the same time. But I feel pretty confident in guaranteeing that God will meet you there in the quietness.

--Jeremy
Truth poorly defended loses not its truthfulness;
likewise Falsehood aptly defended loses not it's falsity.

10 comments:

  1. Listening is important in all walks of life and not just in prayer. How many times do we not listen properly to other people - lots. We are more interested in thinking about what we are going to say next.

    I try to listen via meditating, though it's not easy!

    Interesting blog.

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  2. I have always believed that I am more of a listener than a talker. But I do not know how to do that in prayers... I always hear voices - positive and negative. So I don't know what will I hear in my prayers. Though its worth a try. Thanks for giving me the idea.

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  3. I find it hard to be consistent with sitting quietly before the Father. I have so much internal noise that it takes quite a while to quiet my heart. By the time it's quieted, I need to be moving on to something else. Have you ever gone to Mark Virkler's website - Communion With God Ministries? His whole ministry is built around hearing from God in our quiet times.

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  4. we need to listen to what god says we humans are so demanding we always keep on demanding something from him, we should see what god wants from us he wants us to go on the right path of life be kind to all and help everyone

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  5. Fantastic news Jeremy, I believe what you are saying here is a key to helping us in our everyday living and life.

    God is in constant pursuit of our happiness and well being by trying to get our attention. Share with us the smallest details, because we are caught in the cares of this world.

    Sure we must live our lives, to have Him to close to us and more than half the time we are not even listening.

    NOt only in our quiet time with Him should we be listening, but every minute of everyday. It's not hard, He gets our attention when we need His help.

    When we decide to tune your ears to hear His voice. We will hear His voice more clearly.

    There are writings on this subject called "Tuning the Ears to Hear His Voice" search for it will share the small details we are missing out on.

    God Bless
    T. Nathan
    http://thefaithshield.com

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  6. very like this blog. Believe that God always see us, and God always hear our pray, and we should also listen to god in our prayer.

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  7. Meditation is the best thing to understand and to find a solution. Meditation calms your mind and lets you analyze.

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  8. After reading this post, it struck me. Every time I pray, I'm telling God all my concerns and that's it. I'm not taking time to listen to him even just for a while. Thank you for making me realize this.

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  9. Well, I am not a skeptical person 'coz I am a believer in such a way that there's a God in heaven.I believed that there's heaven and hell that's why I have fear to commit a sin.

    There are lot of unexplainable phenomenon that exist that even science couldn't explain of it..

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us..

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  10. I am impressed with the article above as it gave a very great idea on how to pray well so you can listen carefully of what you are saying to God. It is really a nice feeling that you know there is Someone Who always there listening in every word you said.
    I wanna say thank you for the nice post! Have a good one!

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