The Portable Radio Analogy: A One sided conversation

The Portable Radio Analogy: A One sided conversation.

Have you ever listened to radio traffic at an incident and thought to yourself “How is anyone ever supposed to respond when the IC won’t stop talking?”

If someone was to transmit a MAY-DAY how would Incident Commander even know?

I have struggled in my prayer life more than any other area of my Christian walk. I have been guilty of never letting go of the microphone. My prayers have been a way of merely reporting to God what He already knew.

If Prayer is communication with God them shouldn’t we allow Him a moment to respond?

The problem that most of us have is this:

We think we are the Incident Commander and we think we should be doing most of the talking. In reality, we are the firefighters and we should be listening to the Ultimate Incident Commander for direction and guidance.

In our lives we should all “take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak” (James) and understand that in order to hear someone speak we must not be talking.

Pray and learn to let go of the microphone as we all wait for His response. “Before they call, I will answer. While they are yet speaking I will hear” Isaiah 65:24

God will answer but are we listening? “Be still” and listen as He speaks to your heart.

Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still and know that I am God.”

To calm yourself and focus takes training and discipline just as a firefighter approaches a fire.

To begin the journey of our prayer life, if you struggle like I do, begin by reading the Psalms aloud. It is a book of prayers.

As you read focus on the words and the depth of the emotion in them. After each reading take a moment and read the historical background behind them. Then the prayer takes on a whole new meaning!

If you read a Psalm about David when he is confessing his sin of adultery, or when David is feeling abandoned by God when Saul has been chasing him and he is living in a cave, or when you read about the grief he felt when he lost his son.

Each time these prayers can take on new meaning and cause us to pause and wait. Listen and be amazed at what God will do in your still moments when you finally let go of the microphone.


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