Daily Devotional by Pam Ford Davis

The Heart of Listening

When Norm and I were dating, we talked on the phone most of the night.

He was a WNDR, Syracuse disc jockey. Known as ‘the Rebel,’ he ran his nightly shows from midnight-6am. I listened to his all-nighters on my pocket size transistor radio. In between the records, I listened to telltale southern drawl on my telephone. We were young and in love. Conversation came easily.

Conversing with God should be as natural as breathing. He has my heart.

The LORD has so much to share in our 2-way prayer conversations. He challenges; convicts me of sins and gives comfort.

The Father loves me; He loves you.

Am I a good listener?

I confess; I have much to learn about listening.

Samuel serves as a good example.

“Now Samuel had not yet experienced the LORD, because the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. Once again, for the third time, the LORD called Samuel. He got up, went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am; you called me.’

Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the boy. He told Samuel, ‘Go and lie down. If He calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

The LORD came, stood there, and called as before, ‘Samuel, Samuel!’

Samuel responded, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:7-10 HCSB).”

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