By Kevin Deisher
I talk too much. Seriously, I do.
I rarely hear when God is talking to me. I spend time in prayer every night with my wife. I do all the praying, which is usually just me talking to God. I thank him for our salvation and the blessings we have received from him. I spend time sharing what is on my mind and my wishes for my family, especially for my kids who are grown and finding their own ways in the world. But I’m a failure with my prayers.
Why do I say that?
Because I never seem to shut up and listen. When I’m done praying, I roll over and grab my phone and start my Audible app and listen to a book for about 30 minutes to wind down and fall asleep. That is my routine almost every night. I talk too much and then when I should be listening to God, I am listening to a sci fi or fantasy novel. That does nothing for my spiritual life and leaves me unsatisfied with that part of my life.
I know how to correct that behavior. I just need to get my head screwed on straight and shut up so I can listen to God and truly hear what he is trying to tell me.