Prevailing in Prayer(Pt.3)

Learning to Hear His Voice

Do you believe that God speaks today? You may be saying to yourself, “I’m not sure God speaks today”. And yet the scriptures reveal that one of the great benefits of prayer is learning to listen for the voice of God. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice”(Read John 10: 4,16b). Hearing the voice of God can be an intimidating proposition to some. The notion that often holds people back from learning to listens is that, somehow, we mean hearing an audible voice from heaven or some other mystical experience. But the normal way that God speaks to His children is through the Word of God, the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit of God has been given to instruct and guide His people into His ways (c.f. John 14:16-17; John 16:13-15).

In those moments when we recognize that inner “knowing” that God is communicating with us through His word is a normal way in which we connect with God’s heart and mind. Then there are other moments when we are aware that God is speaking to us through circumstances in life; these are often confirmations that we are moving forward or in the right direction in taking a certain course of action. The more we are consistent in our praying, the more we become aware of how much God is speaking through the ordinary course of our day, people we encounter, challenges we face. In all these things we realize that God is not distant or alienated but very present to us, ready to hear our fainting whisper or cry. Learning to listen for His voice is learning to lose control of our daily affairs to the One who knows what is best for our lives. Learning to listen is also learning to lean into God and trust Him. Isaiah wrote, “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,has said, ‘In repentance and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust is your strength….The Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; how blessed are all those who long for Him”(Isaiah 30:15,18).

Repentance simply means we turn from our own thoughts and turn in order to tune into God’s thoughts. He says through Isaiah, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth. It will not return empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it”(Isaiah 55:8-11).

Trusting those still, inner nudges of the Holy Spirit is a sure way to develop a listening ear. It will cause you to learn to hear the “voice of God” in your life . Those who prevail in prayer are confident that they can hear the voice of Holy Spirit in their life. Hear is a key: His word and the voice of the Holy Spirit will always be in agreement. So do not let the fear of missing His voice rob you of your great privilege as His child to hear directly from your God and friend.

Copyright© Walter Fletcher Jr., 2010. Permission is granted to reproduce this article free of charge, provided that it is not altered in its original form and content. Please direct all correspondence to walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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