Jesus, in John 10:27, said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
It sounds to me that hearing the voice of God is a lot easier than most Christians claim. If Jesus, the Great Shepherd, made such a strong statement any confusion is due to our deafness because He’s definitely speaking to the church today.
Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
How are you and I led by the Spirit? Great question!
Let me walk you through the two primary ways you can hear the voice of God.
1. Reading, studying, and meditating on the Word
Many of us spend years trying to figure out what God’s asking us to do—and He wrote us a whole book with the answers! God’s will is His Word, and His Word is His will. There are certain things you don’t even have to ask God because He gave the answer a long time ago. Here are a few things you always have permission to do:
Share the gospel
Pray for the sick
Give of your time and money
Forgive, love, encourage—and so on and so on!
Consult the scriptures first and I guarantee you’ll have no problem hearing God’s voice. The whole book is God breathed and inspired (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Prayer is the ongoing conversation you and I are to have with God about His plans and His ways. Praying in known and unknown tongues is crucial to our spiritual development, especially our spiritual ears because spiritual understanding is impossible without the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 1:10-12).
In my experience, spending time in prayer always ensures I’m in tune with God the Father. I hear His voice clearly because I spend time learning about His heart in the Word.
You, too, can hear the voice of God because He speaks to every believer. Ministers and missionaries don’t have a special hotline to God. Read the Word, pray, and then be quiet. It’s God’s greatest desire to speak to you, to lead you in every area of life.