This is a “guided listening prayer.” For each area of concern, bring to mind specific persons or things in that category and wordlessly lift them up to the Lord. Allow Him to touch them as He knows best. Listen for what He has to say. Then, when you are ready, move on to the next topic.

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Guided Listening Prayer – Talents, Gifts, and Ministry

Heavenly Father,
Today, I want to listen to You.
To present my concerns and know Your thoughts.
To offer my talents and seek Your gifts.
To share my dreams and know Your plans.
To hold my life up, open to Your gaze.
To wait in the silence and hear Your voice.
Father, here are the talents You have given me,
The abilities whose use gives me joy and fulfillment….
Papa, these are my dreams,
The desires You placed in my heart….
Here, Father, is my ministry, my purpose,
The work for which You created me….
I open myself to the Holy Spirit’s gifts.
Help me to recognize my place of service.
Make me a channel of blessing to Your Body….
Here is my life, Lord.
You made me for a purpose.
Show me Your will….

marcia headshotAs a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.
Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).
Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing to be a catapult, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.
Connect with Marcia online:
Twitter: @MarGunWoo