The other day, I got the sense that God was saying, “You’re not paying attention to what I’ve been telling you.”

So I took an hour or so, got a nice, warm cup of coffee, opened up my journal, and started looking back at everything I had written for the past seven months.

And I realized…God has been saying A LOT to me.
And I wasn’t paying attention.

I actually wonder if, on a regular basis, God is saying way more than we take the time to hear.

The phrase “pay attention” is interesting, because when we “pay” for something, it implies a cost—a price. It means we choose to focus our attention on THIS, rather than give our attention to THAT.

However, in every part of our lives, there are things competing for our attention.

Demands at work. Time with the family. Friends. Entertainment.

Looking through the scriptures, the phrase “pay attention” occurs a lot:

“Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given” (Mark 4: 23-24)

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)

“But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts.” (Jeremiah 7:24)

Are you paying attention?
Are you listening?

What conversation is the Lord trying to have with you?

Because that’s prayer at it’s best: a conversation between you and God. You sharing your heart with him, and then being quiet and listening to what he wants to say to you.

And I’ve found that this conversation doesn’t have to be relegated to before meals or bedtime. It’s on-going. Walking and talking with God throughout each day. Allowing the dialogue to continue through music, film, books, events that take place at work, moments in silence, time out in creation.

God wants to hear what’s on your mind. Even though he already knows.

He wants to talk with you. Chances are, he’s trying to right now.

Are you paying attention?