Ask and listen

How much confusion, pain, and wandering could be avoided if I would just ask God about the things in life that I don’t understand?

The disciples had the same struggle.

Jesus was teaching his disciples. “He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him,and after three days he will rise.’ But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.”  Mark 9:31-32

I’m not sure why they were afraid to ask, but I know that this is pretty much a daily occurrence for me.  I don’t ask.  If I’m confused about parenting, I read a book.  If I’m unsure of a choice I’m facing, I talk to a friend.  If I don’t know how to handle a difficult person, I lay awake at night rehearsing possible conversations.

What if I made a habit of simply asking?

In the spirit of honesty, I have to admit that the one thing on my list of commitments that I have fallen short on is prayer.  I’m going to work on a theory.  To start this off, I’m going to boil down the process of prayer to two parts: Ask and Listen.

Let me be clear that the asking I’m talking about is an inquiry, wanting to know more about something.  I’m not talking about asking for material things or changes in my circumstances.  Not that I think there is anything wrong with making requests.  He does say, “Ask and you will receive.”  It’s just that for the sake of keeping it simple I’m going to focus on asking God about the many things in life that I just don’t understand.

It’s a starting point.  My new (or tweaked) daily habit is “Ask and Listen.”

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