Listening to God

Last Monday I reflected on the reoccurring command in the letters to the 7 churches in Asia Minor: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Hearing = doing. Listening = obedience.
Now let me share a few practical ideas for becoming a more effective listener of God.
1.?If you really want to listen to God – ask him to speak to you! (Psalm 119:12)
2.?Come with a clean heart. God can give that to you – you access it by confessing your sins. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
3.?Get into your bible. It is His word. It is his primary means of communicating to us. If you don’t make the time to be in his word then you aren’t being very sincere about desiring to hear his voice. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
4.?Quiet yourself. You must withdraw from our noisy world and in silence and solitude wait on him. I’m not talking about 2 days by yourself in the woods or finding a cave somewhere (though that might be pretty cool.) I’m talking 10 minutes in your backyard in a lawn chair, 10 minutes at your kitchen table in the early morning with a cup of coffee. It is difficult, if not impossible, to hear him when we are constantly surrounded by frenzied activity and noise. (I Kings 19:11-13, Ecclesiastes 5:1-2)
5.?Pray. But when you pray don’t always do all the talking. Take time to just sit silently and listen. Prayer is not supposed to be a running monologue by you but rather an intimate dialogue between you and your Heavenly Father. (Psalm 38:15)
6.?Be committed in advance to be obedient to whatever he might tell you to do. A spiritual maxim is: Light responded to brings more light; light rejected brings darkness. Why would God speak to you if you don’t do what you already know to do? (James 1:22, Psalm 119:34)
It is in the very nature of God to communicate to us:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Are you listening