[This is part of the Hearing God's Voice series.]
Imagine if you prayed that for 5 seconds and then went about your day forgetting you even prayed it. Why? Because your old man wasn’t in the habit of finding God’s voice in your everyday life. I’m teaching my boys to listen to my voice, but I’m specifically working with one who is in the habit of tuning me out! You might be in the habit of tuning God out, but don’t realize it.
The Sit Down Part
The first thing you need to do to hear from God is to spend time with Him. If you don’t spend time with a friend you won’t get to know that person very well. I’m master of the obvious today, but learning about God doesn’t have to be complex!
If all the time you give to God on a regular basis is listening to the Christian radio station to and from work and reading a Psalm before you pray “now I lay me down to sleep,” then you probably aren’t going to know God’s voice.
In today’s society we are able to send digital messages in a fraction of the time it used to take us to contact someone. But have we taken that into our relationship with God? How do you text God? Would that be like saying a 5 second prayer during the day?
Life. Is. Busy. Yet you will make time for what you want! Do you want to know His voice? Then sit down, and spend time with the Father. You might miss a day, but make it your goal to have a daily appointment with God. I call it Daily Time: Determining Again I Live Yielded; Today I‘m Maintaining Evidence.
The Shut Up Part
If you ask God for something without nagging Him, then you might miss the answer the first time around since it doesn’t always come the way you expect.
He won’t leave you hanging, though.
God is speaking to you much more than you may realize. Stop and listen when you are in His presence because sometimes He will speak to you immediately after you ask Him. Other times you have to wait.
Still other times He will speak to you through natural things. It could even be a cute statement a child makes. It’s like these hints are subtly tucked in your peripheral vision, but you don’t give them the time of day. They may slightly give you pause, but you keep going about your business. You continue to experience these messages that may seem unrelated until you sit down and gather your thoughts in His presence.
Then a little later an ordinary moment of your day suddenly becomes profound when the subtle messages come back to mind and you start to see those hints for what they really are: God’s answer.
As you reflect on the stream of revelations, your eyes are opened and you clearly see that a recurring theme is present. You know He has spoken! Suddenly His obvious answer is right before your eyes. When this happens to me I’m caught between feeling slow like a dumb sheep, and feeling really special that God spoke so significantly.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice. John 18:37c NKJV
Have you found that you heard from God more when you spent more time with Him? Has something “little” happened to you and you know it was God speaking to you?
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