|In "Secrets of Prayer Warrior," Derek Prince writes about
understanding that came to him in the midst of year long illness:
"When I submitted myself to the Lord's will, I knew that
His will was for me to be restored to health. I was lying
there realizing that if I had faith God would heal me. But
every time I came to that realization, my next thought was,
I don't have faith.
Then one day the Holy Spirit directed me to Romans 10:17:
"So faith comes from hearing." Suddenly I laid hold of
two words: Faith comes. If you do not have it, you can
How does faith come? Faith comes from hearing. It comes
from listening to God. You see, prayer is not just talking
to God; prayer is two-way communication WITH God. It is
holding intimate personal conversation with Him. And
actually, of the two, what God has to say is much more
important than what we have to say."
Then Derek points to this scripture:
Proverbs 4:20-22 (New International Version)
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
listen closely to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man's whole body.
Didn't you always used to think that the Romans text was ONLY about
the bible? I mean, "the word of God" is the bible right? But it isn't only
that I'm convinced, if only for how difficult the action of listening is. But look at
Moses didn't have earbuds on when he saw the burning bush. See how quiet
it was in the desert before the meeting. Where did Jesus go to prepare to raise
the dead? He didn't go to his favorite fm radio station. He went where it was very
quiet and he saw what the father was up to. I so need to be able to do this, but
it is SO very hard to do.
I had our small group sit quietly last night and pray without speaking words. It was
only a few moments before someone brought out their techno dodad.
"Did I get the socks out of the dryer?"