Today, we are going to discuss the next three keys to seeking and hearing God’s voice in our lives.
7. Ask God
I know this one seems obvious, but as a Pastor I can tell you from experience that a lot of people will try to stand on their head and gargle peanut butter before they will actually go to God in prayer and ask Him what they should do, or seek out His desires for their life. Just ask!
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NASB)
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (NASB)
“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” Psalm 91:15 (NASB)
Seeking goes a little beyond simply asking. It implies that we research the choices and allow God to direct us toward His heart. Again, what does the Bible say? Is a particular choice consistent with His Word? Is it consistent with who He made us to be?
“My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5 (NASB)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB)
Once you have done your part in expressing your desire to hear God’s voice and have performed your due diligence in gathering information, listen. Prayer is two-way communication. If you get up as soon as you finish your prayer, when do you expect Him to speak? Do you want Him to yell over the stereo on your way to work or interrupt your boss while he is speaking to you? Take time out to listen for the voice of God.
“In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” Psalm 5:3 (NASB)
“Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live…” Isaiah 55:3 (NASB)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:22 (NASB)
Our series will continue will the final three Biblical Keys for hearing from God. Please share your testimonies with me.