Q. How can I hear God?



The Bible says:  Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.  But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. … (Hebrews 1:1-2).  When we combine this truth with the fact that John 1:1 refers to Jesus as the Word of God, the answer becomes clear.  We hear God primarily through His Word.  The Bible is a sure and reliable source of hearing God’s heart on every matter and keeping us in His will:  All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16).  We also find that the faith necessary to hear God is found through the Word:  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).


As Christians we also have the benefit of God’s Spirit living within us (John 14:16-17), who the Bible says reveals God’s heart to us: But God has shown us these things through the Spirit. The Spirit knows all things, even the deep secrets of God.  We did not receive the spirit of the world, but we received the Spirit that is from God. We received this Spirit so that we can know all that God has given us (1 Corinthians 2:10, 12). 


Of course, in order to hear, we must be willing to listen.  That is why prayer is such an integral part of a believer’s life.  It is through the study of God’s Word that we come to know God’s mind, but it is through prayer that we come to know His heart.  In times of worshipful intimacy, the Holy Spirit reveals the goodness, mercy, truth, and love that are abounding throughout the pages of the Holy Bible.  Through prayer we come to see God’s Book, not as a set of rules and regulations, but as a love letter, embracing, instructing, encouraging, warning, and inspiring us.  When we approach God with our whole heart to hear His voice, He has promised that He can be heard: And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).