Sharpen the ears of your heart and mind to hear God’s voice.
As I was wrestling with what it was that made some of my plans for 2015 to not come together, I was also struggling with how to move forward and plan for 2016. It was the realization that I had marginalized God in what I was doing that helped me to come back full circle and review how I was relating to God about my life. Only then was God’s voice clear and audible to me.
It took a conscious and intentional decision to want to hear God’s voice that the formula for doing so came together for me. You might be asking yourself if it can really be that easy and fast to learn to hear God’s voice. I believe the details and duration will vary among individuals but the principles remain the same.
Start With Reflection and Confession
The most tangible things in your life are the state in which the different areas of your life are at the moment. Go to a quiet place and just talk to God as you would to a friend about where you were aspiring to be in that area of life and how you feel about where you are. Then be quiet and listen to what God will say to you about the issue.
Do not expect a voice to boom from the clouds about it! As you quietly sit there just meditating, thoughts will come into your head. Remember the experience of Elijah on the mount after fleeing form Jezebel? God’s message was in the still, small voice 1 Kings 19 v 11-13. Write down your thoughts under each area that you are praying about. Make your prayer life vibrant and alive by writing down your request and then capturing your thoughts as you ponder upon the subject.
Fix Your Eyes On Christ
Hebrews 12:1,2 sets the tone for setting our eyes on Jesus as we meditate about the critical areas of our lives. Beyond just what we do, God is interested in the intentions of why we aspire for those dreams. Fixing your eyes upon Jesus removes all ungodly intentions from your mind as you think. Focusing on Christ will place you at the right place to be able to hear only the voice of God speak to you as opposed to your own selfish desires or suggestions from other people as to what is good for you.
Be Aware of Those Spontaneous Thoughts
Do not be surprised when you receive new revelation. One of the things that I noticed happen to me during those times of meditation were other ideas/truths that were not necessarily driving my primary objective coming into my mind as a thought. All this testified to me of the fact that I may start a prayer session with my agenda in mind but as I open myself to hear God’s voice, He introduces His agenda as well. Read 1 Kings 19 v 14, 18. If my objective is to know God’s will and to do it then I should not have any problems with God doing this. For example some of the messages that came through were names of people to pray for, a raised awareness of a particular individual or organization who should be on my ‘help’ list etc.
Get Scriptural Confirmation
Write the messages you are receiving from God in child-like faith. You can then use search terms on your mobile Bible or the concordance of your hard copy bible to look up scriptures related to the particular aspect. Messages coming from God will not contradict Scripture or God’s principles. If you have a Spiritual mentor from your church, share with them and ask them to intercede for you regarding any controversial matters that may arise.
Like I said, this has been a new experience for me and it is helping my prayer life to be true communication with God. Whereas previously I used to just close my eyes and tell God, now I give myself time for Him to talk to me. Hard as it still is, I am learning to let Him speak more than I do in my prayers.
Let’s Grow Together
I hope this has been helpful to you in giving you insight as to how to make your prayers more of an active communication in which you truly hear God’s voice. This is a very deep subject and I do not claim to be an expert in it but as I learn more from reading and my own experiences, we will keep delving deeper as the year progresses.
I wish you a blessed 2016. Sharpen the ears of your heart and mind to hear God’s voice Jeremiah 29 v 12,13.
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Nomusa is a devoted mother of four sons. A professional water resources consultant with a Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management, she has mastered the art of mindset shifting and integrating her conventional professional training with becoming a successful God praising network marketing business owner.
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