It’s easy to rush into our meeting with God with our own agenda in hand, but beautiful blessings await us when we take the time to listen to what He longs to tell us. Not sure how that works? Here are five tips to Hearing from God to get you started.
Hearing from God in Solitude
But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
~ Matthew 6:6
Solitude is not necessary, but often advantageous to hearing from God. Jesus spoke of “when” we pray in solitude, not “if”. He considers it a given that we are to have regular prayer meetings alone with God. If we only pray at church on Sunday, before a meal, or when we’re tucking the kids in at night, we’re missing a huge chunk of the relationship God wants to have with us.
One reason He wants to meet alone with us is so we can hear his still small voice. The noise of our lives can easily drown out His whisper within our soul if we let it.
Believe that God has Something to Tell You
I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.
~ Isaiah 45:19
We must believe that God hasn’t asked us to seek Him in vain. He’s promised that when we seek Him out with searching hearts, He will reveal Himself to us (Mt 7:7, Jer 29:13)
Don’t trust your ability to hear His voice; trust His ability to communicate with you. He can speak to you in any way He desires, whether that be through Scripture, a song, a sermon, a friend, a word, a prompting, or even a donkey! (Nu 22:28, 30)
Desire to Listen
After speaking about several ways we can respond to God’s word (Mark 4:3-8), Jesus said,
“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
~ Mark 4:9, NLT
Sadly, not all who heard Jesus speak face to face had any desire to listen. Often, we imagine it would be easier to follow Jesus if we could just see Him in the flesh, but many who had that opportunity still chose not to listen to Him.
Do not be quick with your mouth,
do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
~ Ecclesiastes 5:2, NIV
Like any other conversation, you don’t need to do all the talking. Don’t forget to be quiet and listen once in a while. We can hear much better when we cease our own waterfall of words.
Desire to Obey
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
~ Matthew 7:24, NLT
Clearly, God speaks to us with the expectation that we will follow through with what He’s said. He knows our hearts. If we have no intention of complying with His instructions, why should we even bother to ask Him to speak to us?
Let us dedicate ourselves to listening to what He says rather than hearing what we want to hear. Let us be careful to remember that He made us in His image so we can resist the temptation to fashion a god in our own likeness. Pretending God is who we wish he was rather than who He really is a form of idolatry.
“Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.”
~ Andrew Murray
What is your greatest challenge to hearing from God?
How does He speak to you most often?
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