I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.

God wants us to be listeners – that is how we can get to know him and grow closer to him. If we listen to God, then we will become more aware of who it is that listens to us when we speak to him in prayer. But, we should remember that listening is not just about words, many things are communicated to us without words and that can be really challenging for us. 

Father, we know that you listen each time we pray; you are the great listener!

Help us to remember to pray; to give you the chance to listen to us.

In our lives, let us meet people who listen.

It is a gift so precious and so rare!

And if you will, let each of us be in our turn, listeners to those who need it!

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.