it’s our last day of talking about prayer! i’m so excited to be done because i’m so worn out from doing a post for every day. BUT i’m also kind of sad. i haven’t really gotten any better at prayer. i’ve just thought about it a lot. it’s been interesting. i wish i was better, more thoughtful, more consistent, closer to God… but it just takes practice! and 31 days is not enough practice yet! ;)

so for today’s last post, we’re going to talk about listening again. i think this is such an important part of prayer that we don’t really know how to do. like yesterday when i talked about how important it is to BE STILL.  well now we need to practice listening.

last week, at a class for seminary wives, we heard a speaker talk about her life and about spiritual formation. it was very fruitful and i wish i could transport each of you there to hear what i heard from her! but alas, you’re stuck with my sub-par summary and conclusions from  it.

we talked about when Jesus rose from the dead in John 20:

11″ But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb.12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.”

why was Mary sad? her beloved Jesus was gone. not only had he been killed only a couple days earlier, but now it appeared as if he was stolen. but as she was weeping, Jesus appeared to her. she didn’t even recognize him when he was standing in front of her. she supposed him to be a gardener. not until He said her name.  He called her by name.

it makes me think of a couple things.

  • how often have we cried out to Jesus in our pain and we haven’t noticed Him standing right there? we’re weeping and feeling so alone. but HE is THERE. He always is.  i love how this song by David Crowder : “this is all i can say” really portrays how sometimes it’s impossible to do anything, just cry to Him, and when we do, we finally notice He’s standing right there.
  • He showed himself to Mary. before anyone else. this is a beautiful example that God knows exactly what we need. He didn’t show himself to the other disciples until later… but Mary was so distraught and hurt and alone that He knew she needed Him. She needed His comfort. He gives us what we need.
  • He called her by name. He calls you by name. He calls me by name. He knows you. it is such a beautiful thought! do you believe it?
  • He gives her something to do. He tells her to go and tell the disciples what she has seen. He gives her a calling. He also has a calling for each of us. He has something for us to do until He returns again.

i think it’s going to take me even longer to process all of this. but it’s beautiful to think about, don’t you think? so, then the speaker had three questions for us to ask Jesus:

  1. What does Jesus call you when you talk together? Ask him now. Listen.
  2. What question is he asking you now? Listen.
  3. What is Jesus calling you to- to do, or to be? Listen.

Listen my friends. Listen to what He calls you. What He asks you. What He is calling you.  Just take a few moments to listen to Jesus. {::there’s also this song:: “come and listen” by David Crowder that may help in listening. :)}

May you fall more in love with your Savior through prayer and through listening to Him my friends.

since it’s the last day of the series i wanted to share with you a couple other books on prayer that come highly recommended by Husbuddy: Praying by JI Packer & Carolyn Nystrom {amazon link here} and  Prayer Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster. {amazon link here}

thanks for being here this month! it’s been a great month learning more how to practice prayer, and i appreciate each of you for being here.  please share if you learned anything new this month! i’d love to hear from you!!

in His love and joy, kimberly renee.

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