A Two-Way Street
Communication has its root in the verb commune, which means to be in close contact with someone for the purpose of intimacy or exchange.
In other words, communication is a two-way street. We are not communicating if we are only talking. Neither are we communicating if we are only listening.
We must actively practice both to communicate.
Not only is this true when we communicate with our neighbor, it is true when we communicate with God.
When we pray, we speak to God. When we hear his Word with an ear to hear, we listen to God. It takes both for meaningful communication.
“O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.” (Psalm 54:2)
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”” (Mark 4:23)
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