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“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

(John 16:12–15)

We are tempted to think we have to spend hours and hours in quiet time to hear from God. Don’t get me wrong, regular times of silence and solitude are important for any Christ follower in this busy, crazy world. But in my life, the Holy Spirit has prompted me to action most often in conversations with other people and usually, I can only hear the Spirit when I’m really listening to the person across from me. I don’t understand exactly how this works, but I know when I enter into a conversation with someone with a holy expectancy, I am more likely to sense God’s presence and prompting. When I’m listening well, I grow in my ability to be guided by the Spirit and love others well, just as Jesus promised.

Reflection Questions

  • What stands out to you as you read the words that Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit? What more do you know about the Spirit after reading Jesus’ words?
  • Do you sense any resistance in your mind or heart when you think about hearing from and responding to the Holy Spirit? What is the resistance? Where do you think it comes from?   
  • How well would your spouse, children, or closest friends say you listen to them? If you’re not a great listener, why do you think that is? What do you think would help you listen better?

Prayer

God, thank you for your guidance through the Holy Spirit. Help me to enter into every conversation with a holy expectancy, knowing you are present and working as I listen with compassion. Expand my heart so that I see the act of listening to others as an act of love and a way of showing up as a bearer of your presence and grace. Guide me in every way. Amen.