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Preparing to Hear - Practical Steps, Part 2

Asking for Wisdom and Hearing His Answers

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With your heart prepared, approach this process with faith. Ask for wisdom knowing that God Himself instructs you to do so. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5 Remember that it is not the amount of faith that is important, but the use of the faith you have. “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea,” and it will obey you.’” – Luke 17:6                             

To build your faith and sharpen your spiritual ears, review the scriptures on hearing God’s voice. As a start, read 1 Samuel 3; John 8:47a; 10:3-4 and 27. There are many more. Then, review the scriptures on God hearing our voice – an important element in building our faith for asking. “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” - Isaiah 65:24 “For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” - Psalm 22:24 Finally, review the scriptures on God answering our call. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 “They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’” Zechariah 13:9b

Practical steps on Hearing His Voice                                    

Let the HS guide your thoughts, not your mind. How? Most importantly, proclaim your trust in God for your situation. “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 In this way you will be adopting and demonstrating an openness to hearing different directions and a willingness to follow different directions.

If you have a prayer language, pray in tongues believing the HS prays for you. In any case, learn to pray in the Holy Spirit. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” Romans 8:26-27

Lay aside distractions. Be prepared with paper and pencil. Use them for two purposes. First, if distractions enter your mind, simply jot them down. This will allow your mind to stop thinking about them because they are recorded for later. Second, you can capture God’s thoughts as they occur to you. “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets.” Habakkuk 2:2 Note the rest of the verse says, “so that a herald may run with it.” You will want your written record later when it is time to act on it.

Enter into a time of waiting on His voice. Be patient. Determine to stop “saying” and begin “praying,” that is, let God answer what you have already asked. Be quiet and listen. “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5 If you don’t hear right away, be persistent. Ask again tomorrow and the next day. “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:7-8

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