This Sunday, in his message ‘Listening for the Spirit’s Whispers’, Rowland Forman encouraged us to ‘crane in’ to hear God’s voice speaking into our lives. He suggests that one of the reasons we may not hear His voice is that we are not listening for it; that we need to have the ear of Samuel to be alert and responsive.

Rowland shared this prayer:

Oh! give me Samuel’s ear,
An open ear, O Lord,
Alive and quick to hear
Each whisper of Thy Word;
Like him to answer to Thy call
And to obey Thee first of all.

Sourced from Bill Hybels’ book, The Power of the Whisper, the prayer is a verse from the poem The Child Samuel, penned by James Drummond Burns.  The full poem continues on, seeking as well the heart and obedience of the young boy who would become the faithful prophet:

Oh give me Samuel’s heart!
A lowly heart that waits                      
Where in Thy house Thou art,   
Or watches at Thy gates,             
By day and night—a heart that still         
Moves at the breathing of Thy will.

Oh give me Samuel’s mind!            
A sweet unmurmuring faith,  
Obedient and resigned
To Thee, in life and death;         
That I may read with child-like eyes       
Truths that are hidden from the wise.

Hear Rowland’s message about listening for God’s voice here, including the three filters you need to ensure that it is really God who is speaking.