Listening Through Prayer


by Leigh-Ann Brisbin, CVC Women’s Director

Too often we think of prayer only as our utterances to the Lord and forget or negate the significance of being still and knowing Him. We have not taken enough time, or time at all, to listen for His voice as He reveals Himself and His truth to us.   

“Be Still and Know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 

In scripture we see that Jesus went away and was quiet with His Father. He listened for His voice, His perspective and His direction. He valued the voice, heart and will of the Father and He sought after it.

The word of God also tells us that His people, those that know Him, do hear His voice.  John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” It is easy to think that God is silent, not listening or answering our prayers. It is also easy to “know the right answers” in our head but struggle with believing it in our heart where lasting change occurs. Somehow, at times, we fail to really know how to listen to the Lord and how to let the power and redeeming work of the Holy Spirit to occur.

God desires that we come to Him with a humbled heart willing to let him work within us to churn up and root out what is not of Him and to hold fast to His truth. There in the place of reverence and humility our Heavenly Father meets us and the still small voice speaks deep into our soul to reveal, teach, transform, heal, comfort, strengthen, redeem and guide.

Join us for SPEAK a free one day Women’s Prayer Conference this Saturday, October 1 from 9AM to 4PM to listen, hear and worship.The purpose of the conference is to help women deepen their prayer life and intimacy with God as well as build community with other women. It is a free event at Cuyahoga Valley Church.  “Speak”, the theme of the conference, is to emphasize that prayer is two way intimate communication between God and his beloved children. Register at

Large group sessions will include topics such as why we pray, who we are praying to, the power of the Holy Spirit in prayer, how to hear from God, and praying for our needs with thanksgiving. We will also be hosting 6 different breakout sessions on various forms of prayer that facilitate a deeper prayer life.

You may choose the prayer sessions that best fit your desired needs in prayer. The session topics include why and how to pray:

  • Prayers of Praise and Exaltation
  • Prayers of Consecration
  • Praying Scripture
  • Prayers of Intercession,
  • Prayers of Being Still and Listening
  • Prayers of Protection.