I’ve talked before about prayer, and admittedly it’s something I’m always practicing.
Recently however, I’ve realized that part of the reason it can seem so ineffective, or so dull, is because I lack the ability to listen.
Prayer, when done right, is really more like having coffee with a friend. Most of us don’t go to our local coffee house to just hear ourselves talk- instead, we go to have a conversation. And we all know healthy conversation is much more about our listening skills then it is how much we talk.
Isn’t that the same way we should treat time with our Savior? Instead of making sure he’s heard our point and then leaving his presence, shouldn’t we reserve time to listen to his feedback? Shouldn’t I lean across the table anxious and excited to hear the news he is sharing with me only?
I realize this is so much easier said then done. His voice isn’t audible, his plan not always clear. Which is exactly why I must practice the art of listening- so one day, our time together will look much more life a conversation between two old and dear friends, instead of a one-sided, most self-based conversation.
I have such a long way to go.