In the book of Genesis creation is described as beginning in the sound of something spoken. These prayer exercises explore the gift of sound in prayer, and our participation in this gift now through the hearing and making of sound.
Text and images by Ian Adams, mission spirituality adviser for Church Mission Society.
In this series of prayer exercises we are exploring the place and possibility of sound in prayer. In this exercise our focus in on listening for a word.
 Listening for a word
Wherever you go today you will almost certainly hear the sound of other people speaking. But it’s easy to ignore, misinterpret or just miss what people are saying. Often there’s something deeper that lies behind whatever is being said.
When you are in conversation today allow your listening to become a prayer. Pray that you may sense what is really being said and perhaps, in the way of Jesus, know when and how to ask a question that might open up new hope for that person. You might like to use this prayer in preparation.
Jesus, you truly listened to people
Help me to listen, to question, and in your name to bring hope