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In The Throne Room – Listening Prayer

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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!

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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.

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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.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away
.” Isaiah 50:4-5

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In The Throne Room – Hear God’s Voice

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Prayer in its purest form is a love relationship with Abba Father. It’s an enjoyable relationship, not a religious activity. It’s the privilege of soaring to the very throne room of God to touch his face. Our souls are starved for this sense of awe—to speak and to hear from the living God who loves us and is waiting to share his heart with us.

Intimacy does not exist when our relationship is built on one-way speeches. As I pray to God, I’m fully aware that both of us will speak and both of us will listen. As you practice two-way prayer, listening carefully and humbly, you’ll hear him speak. And this prophetic interchange is not just limited to verbal communication. You can also expect to encounter him in other ways. 

Preparation for Spiritual Warfare

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Regardless of how you hear him, this divine encounter will always do two things: it will change you, and it will give you ammunition for spiritual warfare. As you enter into prayer, the Father will not only speak to you, but he will also pray through you. You’ll become one who hears from God in the secret place during your personal alone time with him.

Sometimes people ask me, “How do I know when it’s God speaking and when it’s the enemy? I don’t want to be misled. I only want to listen to the Holy Spirit.” Here are some simple guidelines for knowing God’s voice and discerning when it’s not him, but the voice of the enemy:

• Jesus is a gentle Shepherd, and his voice drips with mercy. Jesus does not condemn your personal worth; but satan is a condemning and accusing intimidator.

• The Lord’s voice is often quiet and deeply internal; satan’s is intrusive and vulgar.

• The Holy Spirit calls and draws us; satan threatens, demands, and drives.

• The Lord’s voice lines up with Scripture; the enemy speaks lies.

• The Lord’s voice will bring a fresh “now” word that will change you and touch you; satan will lock you in the past.

• The Lord’s voice is rooted in hope; satan brings negativity or despair that leaves you feeling hopeless.

• God’s voice inspires us to love; satan inspires us to criticize others.

• Peace comes from God; satan brings anxiety.

• The voice of the Spirit will always glorify Jesus; satan glorifies self.

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The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
John 10:2‭-‬5

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The Lord loves diversity!


he made us all so different and gave us different ways of viewing life. And because he made us all different, he has the wonderful ability to understand all of us when we pray with all our different needs. Some people pray with a prayer list of names and requests; some pray silently, and others shout and declare. There are as many ways to pray as there are people on the earth. To try to press people into one prayer model is unwise.

Other than the Lord’s Prayer, the Bible does not give us a preferred model of prayer. Rather, we find dozens of prayer models in the pages of Scripture. There are a hundred different ways that you come to God in prayer through the name and person of Jesus Christ. And there are many types of prayer in the Bible.

Praise Him

Try starting your encounter with God in prayer with extended seasons of praise. It’s fine to be loud and rowdy, or you may choose to simply be quiet and reflective. Whatever your preferred method, it’s time to praise the Lord! We have to learn the secret power of praise; it is the way into the realm of glory.

Keep God busy answering your prayers. He won’t mind. Let him know what you need and be a holy reminder to the Lord. The more you ask, the more you’ll receive. So keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking, and the door of answered prayer will be opened for you (Matthew 7:7–11). Go ahead and run into God’s presence.

As you pour out your heart to the Father, I promise you that your devotion will only grow stronger, and your heart will come alive! Make sweet resolutions to love, follow, and obey Christ as you yield your spirit to him. He will fill you with his presence.

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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
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