Too often we think that prayer is telling God our “shopping list” of needs. I like what Stephen D. Eyre had to say “Turn your “to do” list over to the Lord.” Write down how you feel after you have done it. The prophet Habakkuk experience is very useful to understand that concept. In Habakkuk 2:1-3 we see that as a watchman the prophet stand at his guard post and waited to see what the LORD would say. In Psalm 32:8 we read a great promise God gave to David and us “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Do you expect Him to instruct you and guide you in life?
What should we do? (From Stephen D. Eyre book Drawing Close to God).
1.To help you listen, make a list of questions and concerns you would like God to address.
2.Ask God what He thinks about your problem with ______.
3.Ask God what he wants you to do about ______.
4.Sit back and wait quietly to see what God will say.
Does it seem strange to actually listen for God to talk back? One more time,’ Do you expect Him to instruct you?’
John Powell writes:
The Lord … puts his ideas into my mind and especially his perspectives. He widens my vision, helps me to see what is really important in life, and to distinguish the really important from the unimportant …. He comes to me in the listening, receptive moments of prayer, and he transfuses his power into me.
A.W. Tozer said:
“What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.”
This goes back to Jesus’ invitation to enjoy a time (coffee) together (Rev.3:20).
 Stephen D. Eyre, Drawing Close to God: The Essentials of a Dynamic Quiet Time: a Lifeguide resource (DowersGrove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995).
“If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal (coffee) together as friends.” (Revelation 3: 20) What a great way to start a day with such a friend! You might be surprise what Jesus want to share with you. He speak directly to the inner part of us. The soul need to be feed just like the body need a couple meals every day. A. W. Tozer said “To meet with God, we need to slow down inwardly so that we can relax and open our spiritual eyes and ears”
My favorite moments of the day is in the morning, enjoying a cups of good Costa Rican coffee with my Bible. What a great way to start a day! Today as I hear the birds singing, I meditate on God’s Mercy. God’s mercy brings so much comfort to my soul. A.W. Tozer helps me grasp that God’s goodness is the source of mercy. The apostle Paul communicates us that God is the “Father of mercies” (2 Cor. 1:3). God’s goodness has a goal: “our happiness”. Yet because of sin, God’s Mercy is the one attribute that we need the most. When you are arrested by a police man, you desire grace more that justice. You hope for mercy. God is holding up His justice because He’s having mercy. Mercy cannot cancel judgment apart from atonement. So God’s mercy brought Christ to the cross. On Calvary, God was actively “compassionates” to men major problem—sin. To illustrate my point, I’ll use Israel when in captivity in Egypt. Abused by a Tyrant, they cry up to God for help. God looked upon their sufferings, pitied them, and came down to help them. His kindness leads Him to actively “compassionate.” The NT counterpart would be the story of the Good Samaritan. What was the greatest need of the beat up man? To find a person who would have mercy on him, a man that would actively compassionates for him. God’s mercy cannot cancel judgment, sin has to be punished. To exercise His mercy, God’s justice demand atonement. Jesus actively compassionates for us, He took our sins on himself, become our substitute, and died on the cross. Don’t be afraid to tell God your troubles. He knows all about your troubles. Come as you are to a merciful God! Then enjoy life as never before. Start the day with a good coffee, but especially meeting, hearing the sweet voice of God through the Bible.