Listening for God's Voice in Prayer

The most important conversation we can have today is with God.

Why do we make prayer so complicated sometimes? Prayer is simply talking to God from our hearts, sharing things like we do with our confidants.

The whole point of prayer is to develop intimacy. He already knows everything about us yet longs for us to come to Him with our real selves. He wants us to WANT to draw near to Him, not out of obligation or a sense of duty. We don’t have to clean ourselves up first, nor do we need to limit our prayers to times of fear or desperation.

I usually don’t have a hard time talking to God. The challenge comes in letting Him talk to me. I have to quiet my busy brain and say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening…” and then do just that….listen.

Honestly, the best way I’ve found to really “hear” God is through journaling my prayers. I sometimes use two different colored pens. One is me speaking and the other color represents whatever God puts in my mind. I’ve learned to write spontaneously and not question if it is my thoughts or God’s. I just write. I can’t tell you the number of times I was astonished by what was revealed to me when I read what I wrote.

I have found the more I just talk to Him throughout my day, the closer He seems. His Word says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8, ESV). In other words, He is waiting for us to initiate. He won’t barge in like an unwanted guest. He loves you more than you know and can’t wait for you to turn your attention toward Him.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV)

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