What do we pray? Not to mess up. To find the right candidate. To find someone that will help our church move forward. That we hire the person who will help us discern God’s mission for us in our community and in the world.
We want to do God’s will, but for any chance of success, we have to know what His will is. That’s not easy when you’re busy. There are numerous ways to discern God’s will but they all take a certain amount of time and quiet.
- Read the Bible. The Bible is God’s word and He uses it to speak to us. How often have you read a familiar passage only to have something new leap out at you? Something that speaks to where you are now and what you need to do?
- Pray. Take the time to communicate with God. What we ask can be just as revealing as His answer. Putting something into words can help you clarify your thinking, focusing things and helping you see what really matters.
- Meditation. Listening is a part of prayer, but if you are anything like me, you need to take a few moments and relax. You breathe in. You breathe out. And you listen. What drifts into your mind? You may not receive an answer right then and there but you will feel less frantic about the whole thing now that you’ve spent time in His presence.
- Wait. One of the greatest impediments to doing God’s will is our impatience. We want an answer and we want it NOW. No. To be honest, we wanted it yesterday or the day before. We’re praying about it because we are getting a little worried that we have yet to discern his answer. The answer then is very often “wait.” You aren’t ready.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some more listening to do. I’m waiting for an answer that I know will come in His time.