There is a man by the name of Burney Krauss who recorded nature sounds for documentaries, movies, and commercials. In 1968 he said that to get 1 hour of undisturbed natural sounds — like no airplanes, no cars passing by, it would take him about 15 hours of recording time. Ten years later he said that to get the same 1 hour of undisturbed sound, it took him over 2000 hours.
There’s a line from a sermon Jesus preached that says, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father…” (Matthew 6:6) For years I thought that going to my room to pray was so that I wouldn’t be distracted in what I had to ask of God. Then one day I was reading how Jesus would escape for some quiet time with God. I find it very interesting that after that He always seemed to come back with answers _ what men to choose for apostles, where to go, what to do _ and a light went on… We are told to go to a quiet place to shut out the world so we can hear from God.
So, I ask, how long does it take God to get your attention? What distractions keep you from hearing God? I suggest that you leave the phone and the laptop in another room and spend some quality listening time in a room with just the two of you _ God and you.