Pastor Laurie Barnes writes
In 1990, when I was just beginning to hunger to grow deeper in my knowledge and experience of prayer, I came across the book Honest to God by Bill Hybels.
At the time, I didn’t know that Bill Hybels was the Senior Pastor of the amazing Willow Creek Church in Chicago. However, I did know that many of the things he wrote about in that book really resonated with my soul.
The four questions that Bill said he always asked when he prayed have really stuck with me over the years. Hybels made the point that a very key, and often overlooked, aspect of prayer is the listening part. He stated that in his daily prayer time, he always asked four questions, one at a time, and then really listened to hear God’s direction. Sometimes, even after an extended time of listening, he would not really receive any clear direction on one of the questions but usually he would. The four questions that Bill Hybels says he asks during his prayer time are:
(1) What is the next step in my relationship with You?
(2) What’s the next step in the development of my character?
(3) What’s the next step in my family life?
(4) What’s the next step in my ministry/career/job?
As we enter into the season of Lent, this may be a good time to incorporate the spiritual practice of listening into our prayer times. I really think God has a lot to say to us – if we have the ears to hear!