When we pray, it’s easy for us to fall into the trap of listing off all our requests, problems, and ideas of what we want God to do, and then finishing up and moving on. It’s not bad to tell God what’s on our hearts; in fact He encourages us to share our concerns with Him (take a look at 1 Peter 5:7). But He also wants to share what’s on His heart. He wants to tell us things. So we need to be making the time and space to purely listen to His voice. Sometimes it can be tricky to figure out whether we’re hearing His voice or not. If we don’t practise hearing His voice, we can mistake the voice of the enemy, our own voice, or the voice of those around us, for His. And that’s when we start believing lies about ourselves rather than resting in His truth. When He speaks into our lives, He brings life. His voice sustains us, guides us, restores us, and refreshes us. When we’re struggling, a word from God can bring hope back to us. When God created the world, He spoke it into existence (take a look at Genesis 1). That shows us just how powerful His voice is, and how He can create new things every time He speaks. When God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, He gave him purpose. He knew Moses by name, and had a calling just for him. He wanted to speak with Moses personally. ‘God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied’ (Exodus 3:4 NLT). He wants to speak to us personally too. And once we’ve heard what He wants to tell us, our lives will never be the same.
Mark out set times in your week to sit quietly and listen to God. Make sure you have a notebook and pen with you so that you can write down anything you hear Him saying.
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