The Art of Listening Prayer

A Book by Seth Barnes

The Basics of Listening Prayer: How to Hear God’s Voice

Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

I don’t know about you, but for a long time, this verse bothered me. I was supposed to be listening for his voice, but mostly all I heard was silence.

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The Basics of Listening Prayer

The silence pointed to a deeper frustration. All my life I had struggled with this problem: I had accepted Jesus as my savior and was supposed to have this personal relationship with him, but it didn’t feel very personal.

How Most of Our Prayer Times Look

As a teenager, my mom would ask me the same question every morning at the breakfast table: “Did you have your devotions?”

She meant, had I read the Bible and prayed?

My devotions were dry, routine affairs. I’d whip through a chapter in the Bible. I’d run down a list of prayer requests, and I’d check that part of my day off the list. What a contrast with, say, a date with my girlfriend. When I took her out for dinner and a movie, sometimes we missed the movies because we couldn’t stop talking. Our conversations had a momentum all their own.

How discouraging that the relationship that was supposed to be the most exciting and wonderful in my life had become a check on my to-do list.

Our Daily Prayers Can Be So Much Deeper

Maybe you are like me—you grew up having monologues with God and have never heard before that he wants to talk to you. You’ve not really learned how to hear his voice.

I remember the first time I heard his voice. It was years later; I was desperate. I had been betrayed by someone very close to me and I needed to know that God cared. I asked him if he would share with me what he thought of me. The next thing that happened changed my life forever. God spoke inwardly to me in a way that might as well have been audible. He said, “Seth, I love you.”

That did it. I was a junky, ruined for anything that smacked of a tame, compromising faith. I shared with my children what they called “praying the new way.” One of them heard God say, “I love you more than the flowers and the trees.”

After that, we all began to grow in our ability to listen. We would ask the Lord questions, then listen, and he often spoke.

What Does Listening Prayer Look Like?

In 1998, Allie Pohlmeier traveled with a team from Judson College to do a project in Matamoros, Mexico. As so often happens, her heart was touched by what she experienced, particularly by one family for whom her team built a home. They painted it green.

Before leaving, she took a picture of herself with that family in front of the home.

In the spring of 2005, she returned to Matamoros on an AIM project. One day, she asked the Lord what he wanted her to do. Then she waited and listened. Allie felt the Lord saying, “Find the green house.”

“But God,” she said, “Matamoros is a huge place! There may be a million people living here. I have no idea where that house is—how in the world would I ever find it?”

God said, “Find the green house.”

“But God,” she said, “that’s a crazy thing. I don’t even know the name of the neighborhood. I have no idea what the family’s name is. I’ll look stupid!”

God said, “Find the green house.”

Eventually Allie gave in, and taking the picture of the house with her, started off.

She looked up and down the first street—no green house. She felt ridiculous, but knew she must obey. She saw a girl walking down the street, so she approached her.

“Could you look at this picture and tell me who these people are,” she said to the girl, “or where this house might be?”

The girl studied the picture and slowly a look of amazement came to her face.

“That’s me!” she exclaimed, pointing at the picture. “That’s our house! I’ll take you to it. It’s just around the corner.”

As it turned out, she was only a block away from the green house!

What Allie experienced shouldn’t be unusual for those of us who listen for God’s voice. Christianity is a personal faith. God wants to talk to us. He wants to guide us, but we have to listen.

How to Listen to God

How do you listen to an all-powerful but invisible God?

The Bible has a lot to say about it. Over and over God interacts with people in a variety of ways. Our God is endlessly creative in how he communicates with them.

God spoke to Daniel through visions, Balaam through a donkey, Peter through a rooster, and of all things, he spoke to Moses out of a shrub.

He is a God who says, “Listen for my voice.”

Examples of Listening Prayer

There are hundreds and hundreds of examples of God speaking to people in the Bible. It’s his modus operandi—and he gives detailed instructions for this in both the Old and New Testament.

We also have a rich history of God speaking to man from Jesus’ time until the present—people like Augustine, Mother Teresa, Joan of Arc, and Brother Lawrence.

In our relationships, we are so distracted and busy that it’s often the exception rather than the rule that people listen to one another, much less listen to God. We need to learn how to listen.

Listening Prayer Can Transform Your Church

Recently I spoke to a church. They asked me to ask for the church’s missions faith promise offering. I asked, “How did you do last year?” The answer came back, “Not so well, people gave just 46 percent of faith promise monies they had pledged.”

I thought, “That’s interesting. I’ll bet the reason the figure is so low is not that they don’t have the money, but that they didn’t hear the Lord correctly. If they heard him clearly, then the figure would be 100 percent.”

So I did a survey. “How many of you feel as though you hear clearly from the Lord?” The answer came back: 46 percent. The same figure!

I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Frankly, almost everyone struggles to hear God and many people have never heard him.

Listening Prayer Exercises

Learning to hear the Lord’s voice isn’t complicated. But it does require some discipline to find a quiet place and to allow some time just listening.

Perhaps the hardest part of listening prayer is clearing your mind. With all the noise of life regularly cascading through your mind, it can be hard to hear God’s voice. There’s no formula, but let me share a few principles that have worked for me:

  1. Set aside at least half an hour to start. When you are ready, quiet yourself. If stray thoughts come through your mind, write them down on a separate piece of paper.
  2. Read some scripture. Ask the Lord to speak to you through it in a way that you can understand. Ask God to protect you in Jesus’ name from deception.
  3. Then write down your question for prayer. Pause. This is where you wait and listen. God may direct you to another passage of Scripture. He may share a tender word. Whatever you feel he may be saying to you, write it down.
  4. Ask him to confirm anything he shared with you.

Simple Strategies for Better Prayer Times

  1. Use a journal; it will help you focus. Plus it’s a great resource to look back and see the journey the Lord took you on. It also helps fine-tune your spiritual ears to better hear him. Writing down your impression of the Lord’s responses creates in you an expectancy that he will respond.
  2. Use two different pens. I like to use the first color to record my thoughts and the second pen to record what I sense God is saying. The different colors clarify “who’s talking.”
  3. If, when you sit down to pray, you often have a to-do list pop up in your head, then have another piece of paper handy to make a list with any other thoughts that pop up. It’s okay and it’s natural. Just let them come out so you can focus.

Questions To Test What you Hear from God

  1. Was it a clear word or just an impression? God may give us different degrees of confidence in what he has said. We therefore need to humbly admit our fallibility. Get someone you trust to check your impression and to confirm it or not.
  2. Does it exalt Christ? (John 16:14)
  3. Is it scriptural? Scripture is our authority. God does not contradict himself. (Proverbs 30:5-6)
  4. Do other Christians confirm it? (Proverbs 20:18, Proverbs 15:22)
  5. Does God cause it to actually take place? (Isaiah 55:11, Deuteronomy 18:21-22)

Can You Really Know the Voice of the Lord?

Vicki Gross was struggling with how to recognize God’s voice, and described a breakthrough that the Lord gave her.

I was on a school bus full of jabbering, yelling kids. My son was in the back of the bus. There were 20 rows of children making noise between us, but as I listened, in the back, I could make out the distinctive voice of my boy. To anybody else who didn’t know him, his voice would have blended into the cacophony, but because I know him, I recognized his voice.

The Lord showed me, ‘That’s how you recognize my voice, too. Because you know me, you recognize my voice, even above life’s noise.”

God’s voice is distinctive. He promises that we, his sheep, will hear it. The more you pause and listen for his voice, the more you will find that your ears tune in to it—you become familiar with it. It just requires your listening.

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The Art of Listening Prayer

This post is by Seth Barnes. Seth is the author of The Art of Listening Prayer, a month-long devotional that will help you hear the voice of the Lord more clearly and apply his direction to your life. You can click here to purchase the devotional.

52 Replies

  1. […] There is this discipline called “listening prayer”, which, in essence, is like prayer, but you are at the other end of the line – receiving words from God instead. I will not attempt to replicate good material that can already be found on the subject. You can view these articles here, and here. […]

    1. Eric

      Hello friends, context is so important. The John 10 passage about sheep hearing God’s voice is referring to salvation, not our ability to hear or listen for his voice. His Word so richly gives us the direction we need for Godly and faithful lives. If you look at the whole section and not just grab one verse it will help you see the point of that important message. The “hearing” being referred is talking about all who have heard the call of salvation and become followers of the Good Shepherd, Jesus. Dig into this deeper, you’ll find great stuff. Check out http://www.str.org

  2. HK Hwang

    I tried for several years to listen to God’s voice… But can’t. I am giving up now.

    1. Sam

      Is it that God isn’t talking or you aren’t getting the answer you want? That was a struggle I had for a long time. Remember, God doesn’t always speak to you in the ways you think He will. He may use someone around you, an unrelenting notion in your heart, scripture, or a plethora of other methods. God often speaks to me through songs. Don’t give up because He hasn’t given up on you. It will happen. Just be still.

    2. Oh don’t give up dear! God wants to talk to you. It just takes time and practice. A lot of the time its not that hes ignoring you. Or he doesn’t want to talk to you. Its just that a lot of people don’t know how to listen to him

    3. Carla

      Don’t give up here is a place you can learn how. Mark &Patti Virkler have videos and books on how to hear God. I have been trying also with that video below and have trouble.

      http://www.cwgministries.org/galilee

      1. lynn

        I read Mark Virkler’s book and heard his preach/video,but still cannot hear Lord’s voice, maybe I am a fool.

        1. Eric

          You’re not a fool Lynn. God’s Word is what speaks so clearly to us. It’s so rich that we need not look for anything outside of it. Check out this https://www.gotquestions.org/listening-prayer.html

          1. And Scripture says that people hear His Voice outside the pages of Scripture. It never contradicts Scripture. Probably just more refined or specific things.

          2. Graceinsightandart.wordpress.com

    4. Teachers never talk during a test. If you give up, you will not pass the test…this time.

    5. John

      It depends on what is going on in your mind. Sometimes I hear nothing because there is something going on. For me, the best way to listen is to wait until something happens, then pray about it.

    6. Neci

      Please dnt…just think right whn u do. He could be around the corner

    7. Deb

      Don’t ever give up.. God will never give up on us.. I pray for you to hear Gods voice just don’t ever give up

    8. Liz

      Don’t give up. He’s listening, you have to hear through life’s noise what he is saying is your path!

    9. N

      Hi Hwang.
      Try going through a traumatic experience and crying your heart out to God when he is the only one left to comfort you. That should do the job.
      Best wishes.

    10. Clarisa

      Don’t give up

    11. Michael

      I learned a very valuable lesson in prayer recently. Our pastor gave a message on never walking away from the altar empty handed. We may not get the answer we want or desire or even think what our prayer intention is. Recently in my own life God revealed part b if prayer to me. Often times we pray for a very specific situation in life ( bills, sickness a job etc…) I prayed in the middle of turmoil last summer for wisdom and knowledge. I started back to church and trying to get closer to God and develop my relationship with Him. In late November and early December I was deceived by am employer financially and it began to hurt our families budget. Instead of taking it to court I prayed to God that what is done in the dark be brought to light. Little did I know both prayers were to be answered months later now in 2018. A true reminder of Gods timing and will not always what our thoughts and desires on earth be. TO God Be the GLORY!

    12. George

      Try to listen to God in prayer in community. I am thinking specifically of a Lectio Divinia group . Hard to find but worth it.

    13. Pj

      Read the Bible that’s how you hear his voice.

  3. […] It just takes practice.  Check out this site that gives a great overview on hot to get started: https://artoflisteningprayer.com/listening-prayer-101/ You can also check out Walking with God by John Eldredge  I will stress again as I have in other […]

    1. Carla

      That link you gave him is the same place we are on right now.

  4. Joseph Sanguedolce

    I have been a believer since May 26th 2003 and I have probably only gotten lucky in knowing something was from The Lord but now in my life I am really really working on my walk with him but I don’t hear him if it says my sheep know my voice but I can’t hear him or don’t recognize it does that mean im not saved? I struggle with this :/

    1. Thomas Wirth

      We are saved simply by accepting Jesus Christ as our lord and saviour. The steps we take after accepting Him only help us to grow in our relationship with Him. Anything we do or don’t do after honestly and truly accepting Him, does not change the fact that we are saved, because being saved means all our sins and shortcomings are forgiven.

      I used to hear God’s voice very clearly, but in recent years, it has become muffled. I blame nobody else but myself for that, but I believe that I am still saved. I encourage you to pray, to seek Him, and in time, according to His plan, He will reveal Himself to you. I also encourage you to understand that if you have been a believer since 2003, you are most definitely saved.

    2. Peaceloving

      There is no luck or accidents with God. Its God’s grace working in your life. “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

    3. Deb

      Maybe you aren’t listening like you should or expecting something big. It might be just a thought or feeling that may be how God is speaking to you

    4. Chris

      Not everyone will Hear… that’s ok. Don’t stress

  5. Taylor

    I have been a sinner all my life I have lied to my family and my girlfriend, and it was because of my current girlfriend that brought me back to God. I was an atheist for a while about a year ago. I thought he didn’t exist and was just a made up character. Question is am I saved now? I’ve accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and thanks to lovely girlfriend. Will He forgive me?

    1. Ken

      Yes Taylor He forgives you! 🙂 He forgives all our sin as we come to Him sorry for what we did. The power of His forgiveness is greater than any sin because He was without sin and died for our sin. One drop of Jesus’ blood is sufficient to cover all the sins for all of mankind for all of History. Hard to comprehend but He truly died for your sins because of His great love for you!

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    2. Carla

      Yes, He will He is real good at forgiving. I know if i was you get baptized and ask them for the Holy Spirit. You know what the best thing to do is ? Confess all your sins to Him. I confessed all my sins and He forgave me. I have the Holy Spirit but for some reason I bought books on how to hear Him and I can not still hear him. So if you do not hear the HolY Spirit you can not do the Healing heart wounds you know generational sins and curses,Severing Ungodly soul ties, replacing negative expectations and renouncing inner vows, receiving divine visions(People that could not forgive)Breaking word curses and casting out demons. We all have demons in us. But we have to get rid of their home by doing all those prayers first. The book is called Prayers that heal the Heart. But if you can not hear God I do not think you can do them. Cause you have to ask the Holy Spirit what is in your heart. You know like ,anger, Depression, etc.

    3. Deb

      If you gave your life to Jesus you are saved just have faith

    4. Chris

      If course … you’re saved the moment you asked for Jesus 🙂

  6. Jessica

    may I borrow the “listening prayer exercises” portion of this post to share with my congregation to provide a bit of a guide for them?

    1. There is also a slim book called God Guides that was written by a missionary that has The Listening Prayer. This prayer is especially powerful as you are binding everything that is not God and asking for his wisdom.

  7. […] I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Philippians 4:13 Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” https://artoflisteningprayer.com/listening-prayer-101/ […]

  8. Phil

    I believe God is faithful to his word.all we need is to pray,be patient,read the word of God,focus and always get connected with the spirit of God in us.

  9. joy karney

    I believe prayer is about God being a part of my life and his trans-formative power to make me into the person I am meant to be.. That I am becoming more like Him and that I bare the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22) in my life that can be seen by those I meet: love, joy, peace patience,kindness, gentleness, self-control..It takes a lifetime to see perfection in this and in Jesus I have hope. If you are looking for a quick miracle, I think you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for new life in Jesus, you have come to the right place. II Corinthians 5:17

  10. Jenny

    Ask God to help you hear His voice, and then have FAITH (believe) that He will do it. Faith is the key. He is faithful!

  11. Terri

    Hello…when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior…You heard his voice…He called you…you heard him!!You became his child…now stop making excuses!! Stop the sin!!Get right with him ask for forgiveness and walk with him..Read his word,witness for him,do it all in faith…you will hear his voice..If you don’t have the Holy Ghost pray and ask God to fill you with the power!! Take care and God Bless.

  12. Thanks god you are really live in this World

  13. Mary Alice

    As you read the Bible, listen to the voice — it’s His voice. Get comfortable with the sound of His voice and the way He thinks as you read.

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  18. gary

    Are you sure that voice is God…or is it you?

    1. Jennifer

      Good video.

  19. Jennifer

    John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.’
    John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.
    Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
    Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
    REMEMBER: Who is the Word of God ! How do we get to know Him ? Read HIM !!!!!! He has written what Great things He has done!’

    God’s Word is His voice.
    Jewish people even will tell you they look for God’s voice in the Torah by studying how He dealt with their ancestors, ‘the Hebrew’s,’ ….and God , ‘audibly’ spoke to the Hebrews !
    Isaiah 43:10 ‘ Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen.’
    God shows who He is and the amazing love He has for all people through His covenant love and protection for Israel. All we have to do is read His Word, accept His Word Jesus, and ask the Holy Spirit to open our heart, soul and mind to His Word.
    2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Why does this verse not speak to the ‘Listening prayer people?’
    Ecclesiastes 1:9 Solomon tells us, ‘ there is no new thing under the sun.’
    You see, even way back then, Solomon knew there was nothing new that was invented by man, that God had not seen.
    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” You see…Feelings will lie to you ! God is real ! This is a society of ‘feelings,’ and that is NOT how God works !
    The people named above, by the ‘Listening prayer people,
    Moses, Balaam, Daniel, Peter…. they were all Jews. Think about this,,,,, and as 2 Timothy 2 states, ‘rightly divide the word of truth. Read and see that every time miracles were performed , a Jew was present ! Read Exodus 4 and so many more scriptures. Always go back to where our Father God starts something. Who and Where does it originate ? REMEMBER: Physical signs from God required physical acts to God !
    See how God made the Jews worship Him? Do you really want ‘physical signs ‘ from God ? Do you really know what would happen if God spoke to you audibly ? Even during ‘physical signs,’ when Moses wanted to see God..God told Moses, ‘ you can’t see me or you will die.’
    The Jews knew very well in Acts 10 when the Holy Spirit fell among the listeners of Peter, that ‘signs’ were for the Jew. They were right,,and they were ‘present’ for the signs. A Jew was present or performing signs when they happened. Remember , signs began to fade later as Jews were rejecting Christ. 1 Timothy 5:23 Paul told Timothy to ‘take a little wine for his stomach.’ Why didn’t Paul just heal Timothy?
    Even Satan asked Christ for ‘physical signs,’ remember? While Jesus was in the Wilderness, Satan came to Him for ‘signs.’ The last , where Satan says,’ all of these kingdoms of the world can be yours if you fall down and worship me. What did Jesus say? Jesus, the Word , quoted His own words from Deuteronomy 6:13 and 10:20.. ‘Thou shall fear the Lord your God, and serve Him.’ Jesus let Satan know right there that He is God, even his God ! Don’t tempt Him !
    Read Matthew 16 how Jesus said, ‘a wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; Yes, Jesus was speaking to Jews here,,,so do you want to be a Jew ? Then Stick around for the Tribulation when ‘physical signs and faith will be required.
    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
    This does not mean by trying to live the kind of life Jesus lived, this would be impossible ! This means by His precious blood !!!! His blood that was shed at the cross! That is what we plead, this is what we must be covered in to approach the Holy throne of the Living God ! The Old Testament priest had to sprinkle ‘the sacrificial blood’ on the Mercy seat ! Think about this ! What kept the ‘Alter of Incense ‘ burning before the Lord? The coals from the ‘Bronze Alter’ outside where they sacrificed the animal and the blood had dripped down on those coals,,, would be brought in and placed on the ‘Alter of Incense’ to keep it burning. So even the ‘Sacrificial blood ‘ was on the ‘prayers always burning before God on the Alter of Incense.’ Psalm 41:2 David says, ‘ Let my prayer be like incense before you.’ David knew His God so very well, didn’t He. Read how beautifully David prays to God. Let me just add something
    here,( and there is so much more that could be written about the ‘Tent of Meeting and our High Priest Jesus Christ, but it would take forever and I ask for you to go back and connect our Lord Jesus to the the Tent of Meeting in the wilderness), BUT…When the High Priest had finished all the ‘Sacrificial duties,’on the Day of Atonement,, then and only then would he cry, ‘ It is finished!’ Then he could go and rest.
    Why is The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ NOT Enough for people ? Why do people always say , ‘ They have a new way or word from the Lord?’ If they have a ‘new word from the Lord,’ isn’t or shouldn’t that be ‘scripture’ and written down ? Deut. 4:2 ; Rev. 22 tells us , ‘ do not add to this book.’
    Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
    Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
    What else does anyone need ? Read your Bible, learn who God is and how He expects us to come to Him in prayer ! Don’t ‘make up’ new ideas or bring ‘strange fire’ before our Holy Father the Living God. Read Leviticus 10 and find out what God does to people who bring ‘strange fire,’ before Him. Remember: The Alter of Incense was for prayers. It was kept burning incense continually, ‘Prayers to God.’ Exodus 30; Leviticus 4; Revelation 8.
    Remember the example of praying to our Father that our Lord Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13.
    There is NO need for any added , new thing ! We must stop being so ‘weak minded,’ and believing every new so called ‘spiritual wave’ that comes ! If someone says, they have ‘audibly’ heard the Lord speak,’ or they say , ‘ the Lord told me,’ then you really must question this persons beliefs. Mother Theresa is not the example that should be used ! She was a ‘black veiled nun.’ Find out what happens and what one must do to become a ‘black veiled nun.’ The Catholic church and anyone in service to them is NOT of God! Catholicism means ‘universal,’ or just go ahead and put the word ‘global’ there. Read Revelation 17. Catholicism is one of the most, if not, the most, dangerous religion! We can add just about every so called ‘ Christian denomination,’ right in there with them if they add anything other then , John 3:16 or Acts 16:31 ‘believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved,,’ The ‘listening prayer people’ used Catholic ‘saints’ as an example so I used them as an example as well. If we are to even get into a ‘Doctrinal discussion’ on Catholicism, it is completely a ‘works based religion,’ and for Catholics ,Mary the mother of Jesus is a ‘Co-redeemer’ with Jesus Christ, her son. So much more false doctrine. Just read 1 Timothy 4.
    Jeremiah 23:25 “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.” Read all of Jeremiah 23.
    2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
    God inspired men to write the scriptures of the Holy Bible as they were ‘moved by the Holy Ghost. ‘
    Jesus fulfilled the Law and prophets and is continuing to fulfill the prophecies that have already been written down and completed before the 1st Century was over. The Holy Spirit reveals God through His Word ! We gain great closeness to our Father thru prayer ! The example of how He asked for us to pray, NOT the way we think or say !
    Jesus is enough , isn’t He ? ! His blood is enough ! The answers to your prayers are written down in God’s Word ! Jesus is the Word ! Jesus is the answer!
    Matthew 6:8 for your Father knows what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
    Matthew 6:27-34 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
    28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
    29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
    30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
    31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
    32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things.
    33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
    34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

    If you are asking our Father for ‘ His Will’ and not your own selfish wants, then there is your answer. Matthew 6 …’His Will be done.’ Leave it to Jesus, His Will, will be done ! Pour out your heart to the Lord! Cry, talk to Him ! He loves for His little ones to come to Him. He loves for us to know Him through His Word. Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. This verse is not about a ‘listening prayer.’
    2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

    thew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

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