Swift To Hear


Oh Lord, may we all
be quick to hear

but not so fast
to speak

and even slower
to show anger

for its Your righteousness
we seek.


Lord, I want to listen much more than I talk, and ask that anger be an emotion that I rarely rise to.


“Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20. NKJV

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“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:25 NKJV

What a wonderful thing to hear while in prison.

Thank You, Lord, for helping us pray and praise during our hardest times.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Some are watching
some are listening
some are desperate
to know

who is this God
that we pray to
and why do we
love Him so.

God bless you as you pray today!

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Ears To Hear

“If anyone has an ear, let him hear.” Revelation 13:9 NKJV

Though I have ears, I don’t always listen with them.

Thank You, Lord, for allowing us to hear what You have to say. And here’s a simple poem . . .

You give to us
an inner ear
with which to listen
and to hear

what You would have
to say today –
all we need to know
how we need to pray.

God bless you as you hear from Him today!

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“I love the Lord because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.”   Psalm 116:1-2

We cherish people who not only hear our words, but hear the heart behind the words.

Thank You,  Lord, for the healing that comes just from You being close enough to hear me.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Leaning Near



Oh how beautiful
are His ears

which listen

to my voice
and my prayers

leaning ever near
to me.

How Long?

“Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said;

‘How long till you put an end to words?
Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.'”   Job 18:1-2

Bildad forgot he had gone to Job at Job’s place . . .and he could leave.

Lord, today I desire to sit with You and just listen without feeling compelled to speak. And here’s a simple poem . . .


Job rebuked by his friends / William Blake
source – wikipedia.com

I come to You
throughout the day
fractured times
prayers splinter away.

You stay the same
You never leave
till I can finally
listen and lean.

Ordered Ordeals

“Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him.” 2 Samuel 16:11

David knew what he was going through was from God’s hand, as Nathan the prophet had foretold it.

Lord, thank You for reminding me often of the importance of listening to You, so I’m not surprised by what happens next.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

What You Said

I long to hear
Your voice

then after a bit
I forget

so may Your Holy Spirit
please remind me

when I’m in
the midst of it.

Inquiring of God

“It happened after this that David inquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?’  And the Lord said to him, ‘Go up.’ David said, ‘Where shall I go up?’  And He said, ‘To Hebron’.”  2 Samuel 2:1

I tend to not ask enough questions or the right ones.

Lord, we thank You that You listen and respond to us.  And here’s a simple poem . . .


Lord, may I ask You
if I should even go

and wait to hear the details
that I will need to know

for You are a God
who loves it when we pray

and will give us specifics
if we’ll listen to what You say.

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Here I Am

“And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow dim that he could not see,
and before the lamp of God went out, in the tabernacle of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down to sleep,
that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, ‘Here I am.'” 1 Samuel 3:2-4

When our youngest falls asleep on the couch, she wakes often and calls for me.

Oh Lord, may I stay close enough to hear You and respond. And here’s a simple poem . . .

He’s Calling

You are calling out our names
may we be listening

You have words for us to speak
may our mouths be willing

may we trust You even more
respond quickly and obey

not allowing time to come between
diluting what You say.

Over Taken

“And all these blessings shall come upon you and over take you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:2

The people had been overtaken by the Egyptians, by fear, by oppression, and by doubt. To be overtaken by blessings? That was something to be glad about!

Oh Lord, we thank You for the blessings You lavish upon us. But may we be overtaken more and more by the desire to hear and obey Your voice. And here is a simple poem . . .

His Voice In Our Ear

God is talking
and we’re listening
wanting to know
what He’s all about.
We are asking
God is answering
oh so close
no need to shout.

A Different Appointment

“For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.” Deuteronomy 18:14

It is one thing to live with love and understanding among people who believe differently from you. It’s another to seek to love and understand what they believe.

Lord, we pray to listen to You today. And here’s a simple poem . . .

To Hear You

You have made a way
for us to walk
turning neither to the right
or to the left.
Others may listen
as the winds blow
but our ears strain only
for Your voice.

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