Prayer: Listen to Lead

woodcrossThe least practiced part of prayer is listening.

Can you imagine a child starting to school and having  a 60 second period of quiet as the prescribed method of learning the alphabet or algebra or amoeba’s cell structure?

i remember listening to teachers.  He listening inspired questioning. The questions lead to challenges and exams and project to sharing with piers and the community.

if no one spoke and shared, I would have quit listening

Think of the teachers that instructed and inspired our desire to learn, to learn and to lead others:

Mrs Reid taught us he concepts of “small” and what are the parts “Inside” by exploring single cell organism, the amoeba, the protozoan, we learned about the tiny part that could only be seen with strong magnification that lived all around us. Creatures we never knew were all around us,

Ms Jones taught us the reward of reading. Diving a story into parts and characters they helped is not only learn the reveal of the plot, but value the details of the creative process.

Mrs Williams made cookies cakes and pies to help us consume the concepts of fractions. He chocolate chip cookies we made in class had us begging to go to the board to solve problems to get another bite.

Mrs Smith was not fun, but she made government and history come alive with costumes that she made with us in class. (She looked like George Washington by the way.

Ms Browning read our secretive shared journals. She asked us questions and she answered our questions. Despite the red ink corrections and our rewrites we had a treasured journey that we shared and as unique as each of us,

I never remember a teacher leading our class in prayer except for my physics/chemistry teacher in High school. He was a Baptist preacher on the weekends and a praying scripture quoting teacher in the classroom during the week. Every class began with the Lords prayer and ended with the 23rd Psalm.

There are others who helped open life changing moments, and together, what started as listening inspired leading

Know that we are all committed to more than test performance we work I the conversation business. Let every conversation be a lesson

Allow frustrating empty hearts and minds find water and sun and nutrient of love in the lessons.

When faced with overwhelming odds turn to God who is able to all things.

God you need to show up, what are you going to do.

I’m listening, I’m trusting, I’m following, I’m leaning on you,

let the desire to inspire fan the fire in the hearts and minds of those who walk these halls

do not go alone, God goes with you

listen for God, look for the open doors, do not give up or give in to fear

do settle for the lowest denominator of mediocrity, you have the power passion and life God has give you

 

Exodus 23:20-22  [MSG]
20 “Now get yourselves ready. I’m sending my Angel ahead of you to guard you in your travels, to lead you to the place that I’ve prepared. 21 Pay close attention to him. Obey him. Don’t go against him. He won’t put up with your rebellions because he’s acting on my authority 22 But if you obey him and do everything I tell you, I’ll be an enemy to your enemies, I’ll fight those who fight you.

Exodus 23:20-22 MSG Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. 

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