Henri Nouwen famously said ‘The real “work” of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me.’

There is something about this statement that won’t leave me. I like it because it defuses the ‘effort’ of prayer. It takes away the strain and puts the emphasis on the Lord. It disarms all arguments that project the Lord as being aloof, disinterested or angry. It leads me to be who I am meant to be, a son listening to my Father. It is part of my spiritual DNA as a Christian to listen and hear his voice, does the lord not say, ‘my sheep listen to my voice?’ (John 10:27).

My job is to position myself to hear, to silence the voices that afflict me. To not believe the lies of the enemy and truly believe that the Lord has good things for me. That he wants to enjoy me. Part of this journey is being militant with our minds. There is a battle in our heads and we have to be vigourous in replacing the lies with the truth of what the Lord says. But it is not a cold memorising of scripture but a deep heart felt meditation in the truth of who He is.

Father, I ask that you give me grace to do this, grace to listen to the good things that you want to say about me. To silence the distractions and fix my eyes on you.