Thoughts on Listening to God


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HEARING MORE IMPORTANT THAN SIGHT?

We interact with our world using our five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Our sense of sight is probably where we gain most of our information about our world. All these senses are very important, but developing the sense of hearing may be more important when it comes to our relationship with God. We don’t see God, we see what God does. We touch and taste what God has made.

When it comes to hearing, we can hear the sounds of things God has made, but we can also learn to hear what God says. Not audibly, but we can know when He speaks to our heart. 

THOUGHTS ON HOW TO LISTEN TO GOD

An effective business skill is “active listening.” The skill is considered so important it is taught in many companies, at all levels of the organization. We can use similar techniques when we listen for the voice of God. The Bible gives us numerous examples. The following are some active listening techniques and their Biblical references:

1.    Set a regular time to pray.

 Mark 1:35

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. 

2.    Eliminate or minimize distractions.

Prepare yourself for the conversation with God.

Matthew 6:6

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

 3.    Focus on the speaker.

Although we can’t have eye contact with God, we can focus on our Lord. Be still and meditate on God’s Word. Acknowledge who God is.

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 
 

Matthew 6:9

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

 4.    Respond to the speaker.

Pray as if you were having a conversation with your friend. You can tell God exactly how you feel. He knows anyway.

Matthew 26:42

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 

 5.    Keep an open mind.

We don’t know what God is going to say. Don’t anticipate the answer you want.

Jeremiah 33:3

 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

 6.    Clarify or ask questions.

The Psalms are full of questions to God. We are free to ask our Heavenly Father anything. But we must approach our God with a spirit of humility. God is God, and we are not.

Psalm 43:2-3

You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me?
Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?
Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
 

 7.    Take notes.

Journal your prayers and God’s responses. Later you will have a record of God’s communication with you and a list of answered prayers. 

Habakkuk 2:2 

Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it
 

 8.    Pray and not give up.

In business, it’s important to continue to work on a project and see it through to completion. This could take months, or even years. During this time there is constant communication with coworkers, project managers, supervisors and others. Continue to pray until you hear from God.

1Thessalonians 5:17

pray continually

Luke 18:1

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 

Two way communications is critical for any lasting relationship. We should not just offer up a list of prayer requests and then be done with it. We need to sit in the presence of the Creator of the Universe and hear what He has to tell us. This takes time. He’s your best friend. Spend some time listening to Him.

May your time with the Lord be blessed.

Walk in His Light,

Julie

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