Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson came just at the right time for me. I am studying The Lord’s Prayer and other related prayers in the Bible. Whisper is about power-filled prayer that begins with listening for God’s whisper.
It’s listening as Samuel did and responding to the whisper, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10
Batterson challenges the reader to pray those seven words. A changed life is his promise.
“When someone speaks in a whisper, you have to get very close to hear. In fact, you have to put your ear near the person’s mouth. We lean toward a whisper, and that’s what God wants. The goal of hearing the heavenly Father’s voice isn’t just hearing His voice; it’s intimacy with Him.” (pp. 9-10)
Christians have been taught to pray – to have a conversation with God. Yet, we haven’t been taught that prayer also includes listening to God. In fact, we can pray more effectively, if we respond to God’s whispers.
Have you felt like you were walking on a daisy-lined path with the Lord, and then, the path ended? What do you do?
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” . . . Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Psalm 27:7-11
Some think that David wrote these words before he was king, when his parents died, or he was being pursued by Saul. Others think that he wrote this when he was old and after his men told him that he should not go into war again. 2 Samuel 21:16-17
Ancient pleas for favor and guidance, and yet, they are relevant to us today.
David knew how to get back on the right path. He prayed, and he trusted that God would hear him and answer him.
Prayer begins the Bible with God speaking the world into existence, and prayer ends the Bible with an “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
The Bible is a sweet love letter to us, the beginning of a conversation with God. He is just waiting for us to respond.
In the Bible, we are encouraged to wrap up everything we do in prayer.
Prayer is a continuation of a love relationship that God began when He said, “Let Us make man in our image.” Genesis 1:26
He formed man out of the dust of the earth and woman from the man, and He said all that He had made was “very good.” Genesis 1:31
God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden – prayer. I wonder what they talked about.
Can you imagine walking in the Garden of Eden with God … listening to your Creator … responding to Him? That’s prayer.
We have something even better than the Garden of Eden. We don’t have to wait until the cool of the day. Our Father, the Creator of the Universe, walks with His children every moment of the day. He’s started the conversation, and He’s waiting for us to respond.