Noticing- looking and watching and noticing intentionally. Looking a little deeper than just the superficial
Praying- Seeing people and their expressions or their circumstances that they are in and praying while you are noticing them as well.
Listening- Probably one of the hardest. Listening to what they share directly or indirectly that tells you so much more about them. More details means more specific ways to pray.
Now we come to the new one.
--Asking Questions- That doesn't seem very difficult. It seems pretty straight forward. So, let's say that you have found this person, that you have noticed, you have been praying for/about and you have listened to what they share directly and/or indirectly. Now it's your turn to ask questions.
-What are you going to say?
-How are you going to start a conversation?
-Have they said something that interested you in your earlier conversations when you were just listening to them?
So why is it important to even ask questions? Asking questions opens doors and starts conversations that can very well turn to spiritual matters. Asking questions also takes the focus off of you and turns it to them and allows them to share their experiences which of course opens up for more questions.
Let's think about this. The Lord wants to have a relationship with us and we all know that a relationship is built on communication. We also know that communication is a two way street. It requires conversation with questions and answers. One important thing to remember is to ask open ended questions and not yes-no questions.
Let's take a look at one of my favorite passages of scriptures. Starting in the beginning....
Genesis 3:8-13 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?". He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" The man said, "The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?"
Did you notice that the Lord asked questions that required an answer and not just a yes or a no. Questions about where they were and what they were doing. This gives us a jumping off point for our conversations and asking questions to those that we are learning about!
So, now you have another piece of the puzzle and you are ready to take another step. We have just a few more to go. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I have enjoyed sharing this!!!!!
I would LOVE to hear from you!!!!!!