Last week while I was mowing the lawn I sensed the Lord prompting me to take out my headphones, stop my podcast, and just create space to listen.
So I did. And out of that, he graciously spoke a very clear and encouraging word to me.
I could have just kept doing my normal thing, but I might have missed the moment. God knew that while I was out there all alone he could have me all to himself. There was nobody pulling for my time or attention. It was the perfect place to talk.
I have found that occasionally God will interrupt us and deliver his message on top of whatever we’re doing, like he did with Saul on the road to Damascus. But that’s not the norm. Instead, he prefers that our hearts are purposefully attentive to him and ready to hear what he has to say.
Practically, what this boils down to is creating soul space. We don’t have to go into our rooms to pray, although that can be helpful and Jesus certainly advised it. We can create rooms in our hearts for God to speak to us, no matter where we are.
We can talk with him while driving, doing dishes, folding laundry, or whatever. But conversation tends to happen best when we have made soul space for it.
This may mean turning off the noise and distraction of the phone, TV, or radio and choosing to deliberately tune in to his voice. Of course, he can and does speak to us through those mediums, but he also wants to talk with us directly.
So, when’s the last time you created soul space for prayer? What would it look like for you to do that today?