This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
Many times you and I don’t hear God’s directive because we have not inclined our ear to Him. The prerequisite to hearing is listening! Often we are so busy talking ourselves that we can’t possibly hear Him. And yet. He wants us to be so attuned to His voice that we can even hear Him in the midst of a crowd. Someone has said that we have one mouth and two ears because we need to listen twice as much as we speak.
And as we listen, we find that God’s tone of voice changes just like ours does. Sometimes the Lord speaks with a loud thunder; other times He speaks in a still small voice. The Word commands us to keep on the alert; keep watching and waiting. When He calls us to intercede for someone, the Holy Spirit will reveal strongholds, special burdens, battle plans of the enemy, actions to take and prayer strategies. We must learn to identify Hisvoice and to be sensitive to responding quickly. Remember, listening gets better as intimacy deepens. And know that even close relationships have times of silence.
When God is silent, keep waiting in faith and do not allow the enemy to cause you to succumb to unbelief (see Heb. 411; 1 Pet 4:18,19). Focus on God’s faithfulness and other positive attributes while you are waiting (Pss. 33:18; 36:5; 37:7,34; 143:1; Lam. 3:25,26; Phil. 4:8).
God’s people needn’t think that listening to Him is something difficult or only for the very “spiritual” or “mature.” Even in the early months of infancy, a child learns to recognize the voice of the one who cares for it. The more time you spend with the Lord in total trust, just like a child, the more clearly you will recognize His voice. The ability to communicate increases with maturity. You need to make time to listen to the King of kings, concentrating on what He is saying.
Jesus gave you His word that His sheep will hear His voice (see John 10:27). You are one of His sheep, and as long as you are part of the fold, you WILL hear His voice:
He who is of God hears the words of God (John 8:47).
Excerpt from Chapter 4 (Hearing from God) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves