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Published 4-16-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Joni Eareckson Tada, Paramahansa Yogananda, Martin Buber, Teresa of Avila

Dear Readers,

How do you talk to God? Does He listen?
How does He answer? How do we hear Him?
Perhaps most importantly, how do we listen?
Prayer is holy dialogue; pure attention.

- Lisa

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To listen in prayer is to mentally absorb divine instructions
concerning the matters of the day. To listen - to find true
intimacy with your God -
is not to take the day in one fell
swoop, but in hourly or even moment-by-moment increments.
The day's schedule which looked organized in the morning
can, like a deck of cards, be shuffled by noon. Circumstances
can shift. Plans can change. That's why keeping your
heart's ear cocked hour by hour is so important.

Listening implies confidence that God truly desires to speak
with us. Only as we learn to hear the voice of the Father can
we learn to shut our ears to the voices of the world...

...I sometimes imagine a little girl pulling on her dad's trouser leg.
And that big man gets down on his knees and looks into his
little daughter's eyes, and says, "I'm listening. What is it,
honey?" If that's the way God listens to my voice, I want to
hear everything He has to say, too.

Excerpted from "31 Days Towards Intimacy With God,"
by Joni Eareckson Tada
Multnomah Publishers, 2005


The average man prays to God with his mind only,
not with all the fervor of his heart. Such prayers are
too weak to bring any response. We should speak to
the Divine Spirit with confidence and with a feeling of
closeness, as to a father or a mother. Our relationship
with God should be one of unconditional love. More
than in any other relationship we may rightfully and
naturally demand a reply from Spirit in its aspect as
the Divine Mother. God is constrained to answer such
an appeal; for the essence of a mother is love and
forgiveness of her child, no matter how
great a sinner he may be.

Excerpted from "How You Can Talk With God,"
by Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Self-Realization Fellowship, 1990


Man speaks with many tongues, tongues of
language, tongues of art, of action; but the
spirit is one, the response to the Thou which
appears and addresses him out of the mystery.
Spirit is the word. And just as talk in a language
may well first take the form of words in the brain
of the man, and then sound in his throat, and yet
both are merely refractions of the true event, for
in actuality speech does not abide in man, but man
takes his stand in speech and talks from there; so
with every word and every spirit. Spirit is not
in the I, but between I and Thou...

Excerpted from "I and Thou,"
by Martin Buber (1878-1965)
Translated by Ronald Gregor Smith
Collier Books, 1958

The Last Word:

Oh Love, that loves me more than
I can love myself or understand.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Spanish mystic and theologian


























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

You never know how far a frog will
jump until you poke him in the rear.

Courtesy of Sammy Lee Marler


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