If there is one key skill in simple/organic church, it is listening to God. This skill is foundational in almost all we do.
In my experience, however, God tends to speak to me about the things I ask him questions on. So if I never ask him about finances, he is not likely to speak to me about money. If I never ask him about reaching out, he isn’t likely to tell me who to speak to.
I often ask him questions about the things I’m learning about. A year or so back, I was learning about the Kingdom of God. This study raised a number of questions in my mind. One example: the Word is very clear that God is in control of everything, and yet it also says that Satan is the ruler of this world. How can both be true?
So I started asking God questions about his Kingdom. “Lord, show me how both these things can be true at the same time” A series of illustrations came to my mind which I wrote down. One of these was a picture of a drug infested housing project here in the States. Who rules that place? If you ask most of the people who live there, they will say the drug lords do. Yet actually the US government has final say. They could send in riot police to clean the place up, but they choose not to. So both statements are true.
When I spend time waiting on the Lord, I will usually ask him, “Jesus, what do you want to say to me today?” and most times what he says to me is relevant, Scriptural and occasionally very specific too. But I’ve also learned to ask very definite questions, and when I do that, I find the Holy Spirit often brings very specific answers to my mind.
How about you? Do you ask questions of the Lord?