By Debra Fong
A good friend of mine is a high school counselor and in any given year, she may be responsible for up to 600 students. Wow! That is a lot of people to counsel and only so many work days to do it.
Who do you turn to when you need advice/counsel?
When faced with a big important decision in my life, I will usually seek the advice and counsel of those who are closest to me, those whom I trust and sometimes, those who may have expertise in a particular area. However, in the end, the counsel of one is more important than all the others.
In Isaiah 9:6, it says “For a child will be born to us … And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God. Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” There is no greater counsel than that from our Heavenly Father!
Do you seek the counsel of the Lord for those very important as well as those not so important decisions in your life? Do you seek His counsel when deciding which school to go to? What career to pursue? What job to take? Where to live? How to handle a difficult situation?
“ … And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” – 1 Kings 19:11-12
Through prayer (and prayer trainings), I have learned to recognize and listen to the “still small voice” of the Lord. Prayer is not just a one-way conversation where we come to the Lord with a list of our requests. Prayer can be a conversation with God where we posture ourselves to listen to Him. It’s a place where we can come before the Lord expectant to hear from Him. God is always speaking to us…we just need to stop and listen.
So the next time you are faced with a decision, big or small, be sure to include God in your decision making process. There’s no better place to be, than in His perfect will for your life.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” - John 10:27
If you would like to learn how to listen to God through prayer (listening prayer), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.