A Daily Devotion for Tuesday, January 24
To answer before listening--that is folly and shame.
There isn't much room for debate here- most would agree. We need to listen to the question or the problem before we can give a reasonable answer. "Read through the entire quiz before you begin to answer any questions." The same applies, I suppose, when in prayer with God. When I ask, do I wait to listen? Do I take the time to reflect and search for God's response to my prayer? Listening is sometimes very difficult, because it requires me to step back, to wait, and to suspend my conclusion.
Holy Lord, help me to listen for you, and to hear you. I know your answers to me may not come quickly, but help me to wait and listen and look for them. Help me to listen to others, patiently and fully, before I respond. Amen