IS IT POSSIBLE TO LEARN HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE WHEN YOU PRAY? The answer is, "Yes," and I have some ideas to help you apply a little Miracle Grow to your spiritual ears.
My first question is, What is your prayer life like? Do you just read off your “God please” list? You know what I mean: God please do this and God please do that. Or is your prayer life a little shy? You want to talk to God, but you’re afraid you’ll say the wrong thing. So, you don’t say much to Him at all.
If either of these scenarios describes you, please know that you are not alone. A lot of people have trouble breaking through these barriers to a better prayer life.
But what if an incredible loving and understanding God wanted you to talk to Him, but you neglected Him by rushing through your day without giving Him a thought or even a friendly wave?
Trust me, God wants your attention. God wants you to acknowledge Him, to tell Him how you’re feeling, and to be your provider. He wants to speak to your heart so that you’ll begin to recognize His voice.
In order for this to happen, you must give God your attention.
So, if you want to grow your spiritual ears, you have to practice the art of hearing God’s voice.
Here are a few tips:
1. Set aside daily time to talk to God. I like to start when I first wake up. I love to acknowledge God and invite Him into my day.
2. Give God your day’s priorities, worries, and concerns. For example, you could tell God, “I have that meeting a work today that I’m really worried about. Could You go into that meeting with me, and grant me favor?”
3. Open your Bible. Spend some time reading a passage. If it tugs at your heart, pray it back to God. Let’s say you were reading Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (NKJV). You could turn this Scripture into a prayer. “God, please help me to get through my to-do list in your strength.”
4. Ask God a question, and listen. God loves to answer. Maybe something in the Word will zing an answer to your heart. Or maybe you’ll hear His still small voice because you’ve waited, listening for Him. You may find that His voice is not a loud one, but soft and wrapped in love. If you’re not sure if you’re really hearing Him, ask, “Is that you, Lord? Are you the one Whose Son, Jesus, died on the cross for my sins?”
Wait for his smile in your heart. If you get confusion, or silence, I’d advise caution. But the best safety net in hearing his voice is knowing that God will never tell you anything that goes against his Word.