I’ve talked about prayer before but I feel it bears repeating. I don’t think we, as Christians, truly understand the power of prayer. Prayer is how we communicate with God. It is a conversation, just as you might sit and talk to your husband or your mom or a friend. Even Jesus prayed to God by going off on His own and spending a quiet time with Him.
For me, personally, I find that I need to write out my prayers that way I can focus my thoughts and not be easily distracted. I have a document on my computer and every morning I write my prayers to the Lord, switch the font color to red and write out whatever I feel His response to be in my mind and Spirit. It’s funny because I just finished a devotion on my “YouVersion” Bible app by Rick Warren called “Hearing the Voice of God” and in his last day of the devotion he talked about exactly what I do when I pray – prayer journaling. He said that the book of Habakkuk and the Psalms are exactly that – writing out prayers and writing down God’s response. I was so excited when I read that because I never thought of it being Scripturally sound. My mom always wrote out her prayers so I started doing it, especially because I love to write (obviously). But knowing that people did it in the Bible and were truly hearing God’s voice has really encouraged me just when I needed that encouragement! God is so good!
I think the most important part of prayer isn’t so much us praying to God, but rather it’s hearing God’s voice – His response to our prayers. Because we can pray all we want but if we aren’t listening for His voice, willing to be obedient and doing what He tells us to do, our prayers will never be answered. We get God’s attention with faith, but God responds to obedience!
I’m sure you’re wondering how I know that it’s really the Lord’s voice I’m writing down. Honestly, I can’t be 100% certain until it comes to pass. But there are some things that cause me to believe it is Him and not me or the enemy.
- I ask to hear and know His voice every single day and I know that He hears and will answer my prayers.
- My mental voice is usually logical and negative, so when I hear things that are faith-based, Scripturally sound, and may even sound crazy (to my logical mind) I believe it’s God
- I can recognize the enemy’s voice now too because it is always filled with doubt, fear, worry, anxiety, anger, and regret. Those are definitely not from God.
- The words don’t change. They may go into more or less detail at times, but they never outright change. God’s Word never changes either. My mental voice changes based on my mood, so when that mental voice doesn’t change no matter how I feel, I know it isn’t mine.
- Surprisingly, no matter how “crazy” that voice may sound, no matter how illogical, even when I don’t see how it could ever happen in the natural, it never goes against God’s Word. God’s Word is filled with true stories of what God has said to others and it always sounded “crazy” to them and they could never see or understand how it would happen – but it always did happen anyway.
- God’s voice is always filled with authority. I’m learning to recognize it now throughout the day. For example, when I start to freak out about our finances or our future a firm voice in my mind says something like, “Daughter, stop it! I am in control. I’ve already taken care of this. Trust in Me and keep the faith!” And I’ll immediately rebuke my negative, worry-filled thoughts, give them to the Lord, and be filled with peace. That same voice is what I hear each morning in my quiet time.
One of the most important things I’ve learned over this past year is how to recognize God’s voice. It has a different “sound” or feeling to it than my voice or the enemy’s voice. And it always comes with a sense of power, peace, and joy.
As I said at the beginning, I won’t ever know 100% if it is God’s voice until whatever He said has come to pass, but I choose to have faith and trust that I am hearing from God because I don’t believe God would allow me to follow the wrong voice when He knows my heart and how passionately I want to be faithful and obedient to Him. He would tell me if I wasn’t hearing from Him.
So, let’s get practical.
- If you want to hear from God, you have to spend time with Him every day and learn to recognize His voice.
- If a thought keeps coming to you and no matter what you do you can’t get rid of it, it is probably from God (unless it goes against His Word) and you should probably just act on it
- If you feel like God is promising something to you that seems “crazy” by logical or worldly standards, know that you aren’t alone! God’s Word is filled with people who have heard the same thing and so too do His people today!
I would love to hear your stories on how you’ve heard God’s voice, what He has said, and what has happened as a result. You can leave a comment in the comment section below or send me an email! I can’t wait to hear from you guys!
I pray you all have a blessed week!