It is the heart that listens!
It is so important to cultivate listening prayer. We are quick to give God our “list” of requests, asking him for break through and miracles. That’s wonderful! He wants us to come to him and ask. But who will stop to listen to the Lord’s heart as he speaks to us clearly in our throne room prayer?
I always like to worship as a means to hear God’s voice. The words of a song often become the very voice of the Father to our heart. It was that way for the early church. As they worshipped, God spoke to them (Acts 13:2). As you begin to cultivate a life of worshipping him, it will all begin to make sense. It’s not just about singing words. It’s so much more than that. It’s that place of allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the emotions of his heart as he touches yours. It’s allowing the words and the melodies to bring you before him and into his presence. Start worshipping at home, and as you do, you’ll experience a softening of your heart to him, and he’ll begin to speak to you! I can’t tell you how many times the Lord has ministered to me as I’ve poured myself out before him in worship. It’s out of this place of deepest intimacy that God will speak.
Open your ears!
I believe it is possible to hear God’s voice and whisper every day. The key is having our ears opened by God. To have our ears opened by God is to be devoted to doing what he tells us.
The ability to hear what God is speaking comes directly through the supernatural revelation given to us by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9–10). You must learn to trust that what he’s done for others he will do for you! It’s faith that opens our ears and keeps us alert to hear his voice (John 10:3). Believe that God will speak, wait to hear him, and be ready to act.
Imagine how your life can be changed by hearing his voice and following him. Jesus did not say that his sheep can hear his voice, he said they do hear his voice and recognize that it is him. What a comfort.
4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
I have not been rebellious,
I have not turned away.” Isaiah 50:4-5