L2G is not a form of contemplative prayer
- The N.T. teaches that the Holy Spirit resides in the innermost being of the person who has placed his or her faith in Christ (See John 7:38-39)
- A primary role of the Holy Spirit is communicating to the believer in the precise moment he or she is ready to hear a truth Jesus wants to transmit (See John 16:12-15)
L2G is not a "new formula of spirituality"
Around 1010–970 BC, a worship priest named Asaph wrote Psalm 81. God speaks to Asaph about His desire that His people would listen to Him. In Psalm 81: he records what God said to him: "O Israel, if you would only listen to Me!" In Psalm 81:16 God promised that He would have fed Israel with the finest of wheat and satisfied her with honey from the rock if only they would have listened.
Being more influenced by the Scientific Method than the God of the Bible, the conservative element of the western Christian church began to neglect the Holy Spirit just after the industrial revolution took root. In this time period the supernatural aspects of walking with God were downplayed and overlooked. The person of the Holy Spirit was unwittingly de-emphasized and listening to God ceased to be practiced. Over the last 20 years, conservative western evangelicals have been rediscovering the extreme importance of the Holy Spirit and listening to God has re-emerged.
Although there may be listening prayer practices that are not founded in the Scriptures (and birthed as a by-product of the Eastern Mysticism), we should not allow this possibility to rob us of a facet of the Christian life that is fully biblical, encouraged by Jesus, and transformational. We don't throw away $20 bills even though it's the most counterfeited currency in existence.
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