Listening To God In Prayer
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The Prayer of Adoration: Gazing at God
A student on his lunch break one day observed an old man go into a city church and emerge about an hour later. This happened on the next two days. Curious to discover what was going on, the young man followed the old man into the church and sat at the back watching. The old man went down to the front and sat in a pew. An hour later he got up and walked out.
The young man stopped him and said:
"I can't help noticing you come in here at lunchtime every day and just sit in a pew. What's going on?"
The old man replied with a smile:
"Well, you see. It's like this. I look at Him and He looks at me, and we tell each other we love each other."
Part of our quiet time alone with God may be spent just basking in his presence in silence, in wordless wonder at his awesome greatness and amazing grace for sinners like us. It may also be a prelude to our approaching God in prayer.