by: Rev. Justin Krupsky, Associate Pastor of Family Life
The Psalmist says, “I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice.”
"What makes a good listener?" is a question I ask in pre-marriage meetings. As I listen to the answers I can’t help but picture that communication is going to be a tough challenge for each of these couples. Good communication takes good listening, and it is tough to be a good listener. First off, we need to find time. Second, we need to remove distractions. Third, we need to be able to empathize, and fourth, we need to be able to respond. These four principles are not the only principles of what it takes to be a good listener; there are dozens more.
What Jesus showed us very clearly in His ministry is that He is a good listener. He always seemed to have time and was somehow able to free Himself from distractions. In fact He was such a good listener that He would respond to people’s thoughts (He could read minds). He definitely empathized as Scripture tells us that He was full of compassion as He listened. He certainly responded to people’s requests over and over again. Jesus leaves no doubt about it; He knows how to listen and does.
The first disciples believed this, and so they talked about the gift of prayer over and over again in their writings. They believed that God loved the sound of their voice and that they were able to approach His throne of grace with confidence. They talked to Him because they knew He was listening.
Disciples of Jesus have always been known to pray. We talk to the One who listens. The One who always has time for us, the One who is able to focus in on us, the One who has compassion on us, and the One who does respond.
This weekend may Jesus continue to teach us how to pray and may we find a peace that surpasses all understanding as we are heard.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer (adoration) and supplication (desires) with thanksgiving let your requests (specifics) be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7