Sometimes, even when we are very well in touch with our needs and wants, it's hard to know how to ask, or even what to ask, to get what we are looking for.

Maybe a good first request is for help in putting our questions into words, our feelings into verbal expression.

Reach out now to God and ask. Just ask, then see where the asking leads you.

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Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps.

Psalm 85:8-13

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Ear buds are taking over the world. You can’t go anywhere without seeing at least ten people jamming on their iPods. This isn’t necessarily a bad or good thing — it just is. We listen to lots of music and podcasts, but how good are we at listening to people face to face? How good are we at listening to God?

Sometimes it’s hard to listen to God because it seems rare that God speaks audibly. In other words, “How do I know it is God speaking and not the burrito I ate last night?” Sometimes it’s hard to know.

Here are some times to listen for God’s voice: Listen in silence. Listen in prayer. Listen to the voice of Sunday School teachers, church leaders, and other mentors. Listen in worship. Listen to Christian friends.

God’s voice is all around us if we’ll listen. Take those ear buds out for a while to listen for the voice of the One who loves you beyond understanding.

Katie McKown

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God, help me listen for you, even when it's hard to believe you are speaking. Amen.

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Go ahead and ask.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

You may learn the answers are
Just what you hope for.

You may just as likely find your way
To even more questions.

In either case, keep asking.
Just ask,
Then see where the asking takes you.

Katie McKown

Katie McKown serves as pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church in Scottsville, Virginia. Katie loves the church, reading, traveling, Washington Nationals baseball, and general merriment and fun.

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