Listening (Principle #13)
Listening to God is essential to walking with God:
A true conversation goes two ways, but all too often we spend our prayer time talking to God without listening to what He's saying. Scripture assure us that our God is not silent-He's alive and active, and is speaking to us, seeking to draw us into a deeper relationship with Him.
When you pray or read the Bible, open your heart to listen and be willing to respond. Allow the Holy Spirit to give you deeper understanding. Sometimes He will challenge you to change your thinking or to release certain unhealthy emotions. Other time He'll encourage you or give you a specific instruction. And often he will show you something new about Himself. You can be certain that every word He speaks will be a blessing to hear-and will enable you to live with greater joy and strength as you mature into the person He's created you to be.