Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 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 3:7-10 (NIV)
Are you listening attentively to me? Are you making yourself available to me? Do you really want to hear from me? Yes Lord, I desperately want to hear from you. I want to listen to all that you have to say to me. I want you to speak into my life. I want your word to guard and guide my life. I want to know you. I want to know the plans you have for my life. I want to know where you would like to send me. I want to know how you would like to use me. Without hearing from you I would only be guessing at what you might like me to do for you. I don’t want to be guessing about your will. I don’t want to be guessing about your plans for my life. I don’t want to know about you. I actually want to know you intimately. How would that ever be possible if I never heard from you? Yes Lord, I really do want to hear from you. That’s very good.
Do what Samuel did. What did Samuel do? You tell me. Samuel waited quietly for you to speak to Him. Yes, he did. How can you make yourself quiet before me? I could set aside a daily time and a special place to meet with you. That sounds like a good plan. Do you know why it is so important to have a daily time and special place to meet with me? The world is a noisy and distracting place. If I don’t set aside a quiet place I will never hear your voice over the noise that is in the world. That’s right. What else? If I don’t set aside a special time I will always be too busy to find time to meet with you. That is also right. I don’t need to find time to meet with you. I need to make time to meet with you. Will you set aside a time and a place to meet with me? Yes Lord, I will set aside a time and a place to meet with you. That will be very good.
Lord, here I am. I have set aside this time and this place to meet with you. I have left behind the noise and distractions of daily life. I am making myself quiet before you. I am your servant and I am listening. What do you want to say to me? Amen
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