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Pay Attention
February 9, 2017, 12:14 am
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“It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to,” (C.S. Lewis, “Made For Heaven,” pg 15.)

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In my last post I wrote about intentions, of shining versus crowing as we live our mortal lives.  I continue to find scriptural evidence that what our Heavenly Father really desires is our hearts, intents and desires to align with His.  In this life He gives us every opportunity, over and over again, to stretch our souls towards Him.

This heavenly parental endeavor is never peremptory, never coerced, and never forced upon us.  In a very individual way, God presents choices, decisions, and most of all, people in our paths.

He does this to help us turn, like a sunflower to the sun, to Him.

If you’ll notice, I’m not emphasizing actions here.  I’m not degrading righteous acts, either, but prioritizing them.  Look at Matthew 7:12-13:

“21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’

23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.'”

This is the NRSV version, which is a little easier to read.

Jesus teaches his disciples that before the good works, before the righteous deeds, before we start tallying our noble acts, knowing what God would have us do seems to be a higher priority.

And there is the question.  How do we discover what God would have us do?  We do have the Ten Commandments as a foundation.  Yet, focusing on the foundation, while important, doesn’t seem to be enough.  The Savior seems to be teaching there is more we can do beyond blind, rote obedience.  We also have the scriptures, and spiritual leaders.

The best means we have is prayer.  Real prayer.  The kind of prayer where we achingly ask and attune our spirits to listen.  I like the image Robert Frost presents.

A TIME TO TALK – Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road                                                                                              And slows his horse to a meaning walk,                                                                                                    I don’t stand still and look around                                                                                                              On all the hills I haven’t hoed,                                                                                                                      And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’                                                                                                  No, not as there is a time to talk.                                                                                                                 I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,                                                                                                        Blade-end up and five-feet tall,                                                                                                                   And plod:  I go up to the stone wall                                                                                                              For a friendly visit.

Most of the time we shout out our prayers in a great rush of thanking and asking, petitioning and pleading, without ever taking the time for the most vital portion of prayerful communion: listening.  I bet there are so many things our Heavenly Father would like to tell us.  With our hurried, “Amens,” I fear we slam the door and break off the conversation.  And we miss learning what God’s will is for us.  For each of us individually.

Remember the counsel the Savior gave after his parables?  Sprinkled throughout Matthew, Mark and Luke come the words, “And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear,” (Mark 4:9).  Parables were used by the Savior, so those hearers who spiritually listened, would learn the will of Heavenly Father.

In the movie, Sister Act 2, there is a song called, “Pay Attention.”  It begins:

“If you wanna be somebody,                                                                                                                             If you wanna go somewhere,                                                                                                                        You better wake up and pay attention.”

Can I get an Amen with that?  Let’s listen more and pay attention.

 

 

 

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AMEN!

Comment by Sydney Wheadon

So very true. This is why I believe the Lord has led me to journal our prayer time. It helps to make sure I am listening or at least hearing. Because listening to what is heard is an altogether different proposition.

Comment by Not So Random Chick

So very true. Thanks for your thoughts!

Comment by thunker




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