How to Hear God’s Voice
Imagine being in a relationship with someone you’re madly in love with but you never hear from them. If my husband never told me he loves me and affirmed me, wellll… let’s just say our marriage would slowly dissolve. It’s virtually impossible to have a healthy/happy relationship with someone you can’t communicate with. However, this is the reality for many believers in their relationship with their heavenly husband – Jesus Christ.
When I first accepted Jesus as my savior, my first questions was, “How do I hear God’s Voice?” I asked people and read articles online (i’m a pro Googler) but the idea of hearing the voice of the creator of the universe was so hard to wrap my head around. It took some time but eventually I began to recognize and hear God’s voice.
Just as we need to hear from the heart of those we’re in natural relationships with – God wants to share His heart with us. He would like to share how He feels about you. He wants to give you direction, comfort and simply just say hi!
So, don’t sweat – I got you covered. Here’s several tips so you can hear God’s voice too!
Learn to Be Still
So I totally get it, I’m a full-time working mom, wife, “first lady”, and entrepreneur (My God!), finding alone time can be hard. Try and find some time in your day to intentionally get alone with God. My suggestion is at least 20 minutes. Our minds are full of noise – to do list, responsibilities, our last conversation and all the turmoil from our daily lives. It may take a few minutes just to clear your thoughts and focus on God. This tip alone is half the battle – just be still, clear your mind and focus on God. Since busyness is likely normal for you this may take a little practice.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” –Psalm 46:10
Get a Journal or Notebook
I recommend investing in a journal. I’m a journal junkie, I pick up new journals all the time. One of the reasons is for my conversations with God. Once we start going about our day and as the weeks and months go by we can easily forget what the Lord shared with us. Journals are perfect for documentation. I love going back and reading what God shared with me weeks or even years later. You may find unexpected encouragement. Side note: I also have a journal for recording my dreams at night.
Create a Sacred Space
Now this one I miss. It hard for me to create this space in our small condo with my toddler and hubby running around. But when I was single I loved my sacred spaces I created with God (usually in my bedroom). Find a place in your home where you’re comfortable and feel inspired— if you’re up for it decorate it with inspiring pictures, a prayer wall, your life verse, etc.. Oh and of course, make sure there are no distractions – no phones, no people. Early morning or the the end of the day when the kiddos are sleep is often best for this special time with God.
Position Your Heart
If you were approaching a King or the President of the United States – how would you come? There is a protocol to entering the presence of any great King. Scripture tells us that we should “enter His gates with Thanksgiving in your heart.” this is your pathways straight to the King of kings. Speak out loud, perhaps in a song, all that you are most thankful for at the moment. You’ll feel great and God will be right there listening.
Okay, this one may seem like a given but I think most people do more talking than listening when it comes to their conversation with God. Maybe we don’t expect an answer but He does speak. You can’t expect to hear God’s voice if you don’t take the time to listen. Now, don’t expect God’s voice to be audible (even though it can be) or thunderous or loud. The Prophet Elijah referred to it as “a still small voice.” When God speaks it is often subtle and it often sounds no different than our own voice. Recognize that God’s voice most often comes as spontaneous thoughts but doesn’t necessarily seems as if it’s your own.
Watch and See
The Prophet Habakkuk said, “‘I will stand my watch,’ and watch to see what He will say to me…’ Then the Lord answered him and said, ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets …’” (Habakkuk 2:1-2). Did you catch that? He was watching to see what God would say! God doesn’t always speak in words, recognize that God also speaks in impressions, images, pictures and vision. Often at night while I’m laying in bed before falling asleep, pictures will flash before my eyes. For a long time I didn’t understand but now I know this is God speaking. Write down any visions or impressions too!
Mediate on Scripture
The best way to learn to discern God voice from our own and the enemy’s is by mediating on the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” You can study the heart, character and nature of God through the bible. When you believe in your heart God is saying something to you its important to test it against the word of God. If it contradicts the bible in any way – you should reevaluate.
So there you are my friend – several tips that will help you hear God’s voice. When you pay attention to what He says and take the time to write it down, you honor His voice. Knowing God’s voice is crucial to your success. So, I encourage you to remain in open dialogue with heaven. Never feel that time spent listening or reflecting is wasted or unproductive. On the contrary, this time is where God will download the blueprints for the things He wants to do in your life.