There were times I thought hearing the voice of God was impossible. Actually, I thought God could never talk to someone like me. Like a lot of people, I assumed God only talked to certain pastors, prophets, or members of the clergy. Looking back I realize God sure does have a sense of humor. The same God I thought would never ever speak to me began to give me clear instructions on how to live my life. I was shocked but excited to learn that God desired to talk to an everyday person like me. Once I became convinced that God can speak to me, my next question was, how do I hear His voice? I mean did I have to be super deep? Did I have to talk a certain way? How would little old me reach the God of this whole universe? Since I really desired to know more, I started where I knew.
I began to read the word of God. I know it sounds cliché but it worked. I purchased a Bible in a version I could understand. Honestly the “thee’s” and “thou’s” would set my brain on fire, so I used an NIV or NLT version. I then purchased a bunch of cute little prayer journals that I would write in while reading the Bible. I mean any book would suffice but I’m a sucker for a cute journal. In those journal pages, I poured out my heart. Sometimes I would pen my understanding of the scripture I just read, other times I would pen whatever I was feeling. Years later, looking back on those pages, I can see that God was clearly speaking. At times it’s shocking to see just how clearly.
In addition to writing, I would pray as often as I could. This was difficult at first, because I did not know how to pray. I thought my prayers had to sound a particular way because I saw the way people at church got so emotionally invested in prayer. I wanted to cry in prayer time to feel what they felt but since I couldn’t, I did my best by just having a conversation with God. Ok, ok, I gave Him my wish list lol. Side note: Here’s what I love about God. Even in my lack of understanding, He met me at the level I was at. *Praise Break*
As I continued to pray, I got more comfortable with God. The more comfortable and often I prayed, my prayers began to change. I noticed I stopped giving a wish list and began to pray for other people. It was in those moments that God began to speak. He would give me insight on how to pray for those people. Sometimes this came through visions, other times it was just a “knowing”. By being consistent in communicating with God, He began to speak back. He also began to unlock gifts that I had no idea existed. I was on a path to purpose.
Now that God was speaking, it was important for me to understand how He communicated with me. God can speak in so many ways. Despite what the movies portray, it’s rarely, if ever, a loud, audible, thunderous voice. God can speak through dreams, a still voice, another believer, the Bible, even a television show. God will always reach you however He can. In my case, I had to develop an understanding of His mode of communication with me. The more I paid attention to how God communicated, the more I heard from Him because I was focused. It’s kind of like when you are trying to ease drop on a conversation. You turn the television off, squint your eyes, and listen intently. You are intentionally focusing and paying attention to that conversation so of course, you get to hear clearer.
Here’s the whole point of me sharing this with you. Hearing the voice of God is one of the greatest gifts that anyone can receive. It is in hearing His voice you get to receive instructions for your life. I’m sure as a young believer you’ve got questions. You want to know what college to attend, what career to pursue, who to marry, what business you should open. All of these are great questions. What’s even greater is that you have access to the One that created you. He can answer every single question. I mean God literally says in Luke 12:7, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows“. Since God cares about the number of hairs on your head, then He definitely cares about your life choices. He is eager to communicate His desires for you. Yet the only way you can know and obey His plan is if you hear His voice.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me
If you desire to hear the voice of God
- Know that it takes practice. Be patient and don’t give up. Don’t get frustrated when you do not get it perfect the first time.
- The more you commune with Him, the more you will be able to recognize His voice. The more you listen, the more you will hear Him.
- This is BIG! Avoid sin. Sin separates us from God, just as it did with Adam and Eve. Do everything you can to stay on the right path and if you mess up, repent sincerely.
Well, that’s it for this post. I hope that you felt inspired to hear the voice of God. If you have any tips you would like to add to the list, be sure to drop a comment below.
Until next time….
Be Strong, Be Courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly
With lots and lots of love