Listen To Your Spiritual Heartbeat
By Robert Schaetzle
At some point in our life most of us have listened to our heart through a stethoscope and even felt our heart pounding, maybe after running for some distance or overcome with anxiety about something.
Consider what it might be to listen to your Spiritual Heart pound away at your conscience as though God is seeking to get your attention about something very important to Him.
Jesus would steal away moments in the hillside to be with the Father, and this has taught me why I want to listen more in prayer. It takes practice to be a good listener. Each morning in my quiet moments in prayer, and at times throughout the day I’ve become more accustomed to listen more than talk.
Talk to anyone dealing in public service and they will share how important it is to listen, especially today in our cosmopolitan culture with so many different ethnic peoples from all over the world coming to live within the United States. We truly are a representation of the ‘melting pot of people’ with many different tongues and thoughts in how we communicate.
My last twenty years before retirement I was in a position of customer service dealing with so many different nationalities and it became paramount in my daily responsibility to be a good listener. There were many times I would repeat back to someone in so many words, “Is this what I understand you’re saying to me?”
How much more we might gain when spending time with our Lord listening from your spiritual heart…. ‘Lord, is this what I hear you saying to me?’ It might be in the form of an admonition, a challenge, or a ‘Thank you for looking after [that special person] in need.’ God will always show His gratitude in our faithful obedience to His prompting.
Our faith walk through prayer becomes richer learning to listen to His Spirit directing our ‘Spiritual Heart.’ It will beat loud and clearly to enrich our relationship with God in deeper affection and trust.
Not outward appearances
God does not look on outward appearances when He is calling someone to serve his purpose, he looks upon our spiritual heart. Decisions we make to fulfill our life often are through our spiritual heart directing us. Do our motives agree to what our Lord wants us to hear?
The more we walk with purpose for truly wanting God’s leading and honor, the better we’ll discern and become more confident to deliver God’s plan. A better listener in prayer will bring us to a more intimate relationship, enabling us to hear and feel our ‘Spiritual Heart’ beat quite loudly, as we reach upward putting our hand in His to lead our way.
A closing thought with an anonymous quote I read years ago, ‘our prayers are not answered when we’re given what we ask for, but when we’re challenged to be what we can be.’ Our Spiritual Heart beat should be pushing through our arteries God’s love for you and me.