‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
I love this verse because it speaks to the fact that prayer is not about us just communicating our wants and needs, we also need to listen.
“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” – Mother Teresa
I read a book a few years ago on contemplative prayer, and it really focused on the importance of sitting in meditation to listen and hear from God and not just list off your requests.
This seems to really speak to the idea that prayer is just as much as about listening as it is talking, and that it less about the words and more about the process you go through (what we’ve been saying all along)
“Call to me and I will answer you” I love how this theme appears throughout the bible, the more we press into Him, the more he will press into us.
Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8
Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart Jeremiah 29:12-13
We often see these verses and assume that God will speak to us through a certain way, but the way He “speaks” is not the same as you and I. God speaks through His word, and can use other people or even other mediums (ex: music) to speak to us also.
These “great and unsearchable things” are spoken to us in the silence of our hearts and minds. They represent us getting a glimpse of the world through God’s eyes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:
We only know what we know, and we don’t know what we don’t know. We are limited by our human perspective and freed by eternal perspective.
The later doesn’t happen without intentional thought behind it, it is not human nature to surrender control, let things happens and just be. The good thing about prayer, and specifically quiet or reflective prayer is that it allows us to train ourselves to not DO, but just BE.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
Practice just sitting in prayer listening to God. What is he saying to you? What do you notice about yourself in the silence of your heart? Is there where the beginning of wisdom is found, in the stillness of our souls? (see Proverbs 9:10)