PRAYERS FOR FEBRUARY

Listen, observe, act – in step with God

Reflective prayer activity on listening

 

This resource may be used as the basis for a Quiet Day,

a shorter prayer activity or as separate reflections

 

Listening to God

 

 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times,

‘Samuel! Samuel!’

 Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

1 Samuel 3:10

 

Loving Lord,

we thank you that you speak to us

as we rest in your presence.

 

Speak to us, Lord,

as we draw near to you.

Still our restless thoughts

and calm our active minds.

 

Quieten our spirits

to hear your gentle voice.

Open our ears to listen well;

open our hearts to sense your will.

 

Give us your grace to heed your words

and follow where you lead.

Speak to us, Lord,

for your servants are listening.

 

Loving Lord,

we thank you that you speak to us

as we rest in your presence.

May we continue to hear your voice

throughout this day. Amen

 

 

Listening together

 

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish;

no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27-28

 

Our Good Shepherd,

who speaks to us words of life,

together we listen to your voice,

ready to follow where you lead.

 

Our future is held in your hands.

You have prepared the way;

your voice calls us by name;  

you lead us forward together.

 

We need not fear what lies ahead,

for all your ways are good.

Through the valleys and the heights

your presence keeps us safe.

 

Our Good Shepherd,

who gives his life for his sheep,

we thank you for your words of life;

your constant presence with us. Amen

 

 

God listens to us

 

You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:12-13

 

With faith and hope

we bring our prayers to God;

we enter his presence with joy.

 

Let us be swift to approach God’s throne.

His ear is open to our prayers.

His mercy draws us close;

his grace is all we need.

 

He will hear our voice

as we whisper our prayers.

He will meet our needs

from the riches of his grace.

 

May we cherish these times:

precious moments with God,

to pour out our hearts

and listen for his reply.

 

Heavenly Father, hear our prayers,

as we open our hearts to you. Amen

 

 

Listening to each other

 

Let everyone be quick to hear (be a careful, thoughtful listener),

slow to speak (a speaker of carefully chosen words),

and slow to anger (patient, reflective, forgiving). James 1:19 (AMP)

 

Word of God

open the mouths of those

who are silent and afraid.

Give speech to those who have no voice.

 

Teach us to hear

the words beneath the silence.

Bear witness to the cries

that are the beginning of speech.

 

Open our ears to each other

so that when we listen and speak

we may recognise in our words

your Word and make it flesh.

Hondi Brasco;

Lifting Women’s Voices: Canterbury Press; 2009 

 

Make us slow to speak and quick to listen;

patient and forbearing with each other;

that we may reflect the example of  Christ. Amen

 

 

Listening in stillness

 

The Lord passed by... but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 

after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire;

and after the fire a sound of gentle stillness and a still, small voice.

1 Kings 19:12 (AMP))

 

Lord, we pause;

waiting for your presence,

listening for your voice.

Draw near to us,

as we draw near to you.

 

Lord, we enter your presence.

ready our hearts to worship.

Open our ears and hearts

to hear your still small  voice.

 

Lord, as we dwell in your presence

we listen as we worship;

May we hear your gentle voice

speaking words of truth.

 

Loving Lord, speak life to us

as we listen in the stillness

for the whisper of your voice. Amen

 

 

Listening

 

A bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said,

‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!’

Matthew 17:5

 

We have heard your glorious whisper,
Almost silent, yet insistent,
Breaking through the chatter
Of many voices,
The clatter
Of background noises,
The wind,
The rain,
Storm and hurricane.


Through all of this
Your voice remains,
Unchangeable,
Cuts through to heart
And soul,
Unmissable. 

'Come follow me
Pick up the Cross…
My burden is no burden at all,
It is simply love, 
Poured out for you
And through you,
Sustaining,
Empowering …
Come follow me'

The world has ears
Yet fails to hear,
But we have heard your glorious whisper
© John Birch

 

 

Final Blessing

 

We go in faith to follow the call of Christ,

whose voice we know and trust

to guide us through our lives. Amen