Hearing God's VoiceThree times the young boy Samuel heard a voice calling his name, and each time he ran to Priest Eli in response. Finally Eli realised that it was God calling the boy. He gave Samuel some simple instructions:

“Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” (1 Sam 3:9)

The story of how young Samuel first heard God’s voice, and how his prophetic ministry was launched, provides some important keys for us today:

1. Develop the Awareness of God Speaking to You

When God first began speaking to Samuel, the boy did not know that God was the source of the voice.

We also need to awaken to the fact that God is speaking to us and be expectant to hear from Him.

We read, ‘In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.’ (1 Sam 3:1) That is not the case today. You have the Holy Spirit within you, communicating what is on the Father’s heart. God delights in sharing His thoughts and intentions with you.

Perhaps God is communicating more than you have previously been aware of. He is stirring your faith to receive more.

Psalm 139:17-18 says, ‘How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!’ (In the NIV footnote it reads: ‘how amazing are your thoughts concerning me!’) ‘Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.’

The picture is one of a constant stream of personal thoughts towards you, from God. It could be likened to ‘live streaming’ on the Internet—a constant flow of communication.

Many people have a scarcity mindset when it comes to hearing God’s voice. But you can develop the awareness that God is speaking to you continually and that He wants you to hear what He is saying, because He loves you.

‘For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he does.’ (John 5:20a)

2. Position Yourself to Listen to God

In our home, we have difficulty with mobile phone (cell phone) reception. In order to speak to someone using our mobile phone, we have to locate a spot in our house where there is one or two bars of signal, and prop the phone up on a shelf to have a conversation.

Positioning to hear God’s voice can be like that. The Holy Spirit is continually communicating what is on Father’s heart, but we may not be tuned in. We have to position ourselves internally to listen. Remember, God was already speaking to Samuel, but the boy had to put himself in the place to hear God.

Like Samuel, you can have your ‘antenna’ up and develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s voice.

Developing the ability to listen is firstly about attitude.

You can hear from God any time, at any place. However, there may also be a space where you can focus on relating to God and hearing Him more clearly. For me, that is taking time outdoors to walk and pray. It is an appointment when I have greater clarity and focus—I develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in those moments that impacts every moment of my life.

3. Seek Relationship with God First

In prophetic ministry, it can be easy to drift into focusing on the ‘what’ God is saying, and the word of the Lord, and forget that the heart of ‘prophetic’ is relationship.

Hearing God’s voice is about encountering God as a Person.

Samuel began his prophetic ministry with an encounter with God. God met with Him personally.

When people heard from God in Scripture, in the many ways He communicated, they were encountering Him. And God is calling you to a ‘face to face’ relationship with Him.

It is possible to hear what someone is saying, without engaging with them on a personal level. There is a distance between you.

  • You can listen in to someone talking on the radio, TV, Internet or video and take note of what they say.
  • You can listen to a speaker or preacher and be inspired.
  • You can come away with something important they said that spoke directly to you, or information you need.

In these instances, you can hear someone speak, but it is an impersonal, remote listening. It is one way.

Hearing God’s voice is not like that. It is firstly about relationship. When God speaks to you, He desires for you to engage with Him. Like having coffee with a friend or loved one, a conversation and an exchange is taking place.

It is on the heart of God to get up close and personal with you, just as He did with Samuel. He desires to have conversation with you. He longs for you to participate in a face-to-face relationship with Him. And even when you think that you have begun to discover what this means, there is always more of Himself that He wants to reveal to you.

Related Posts:

4 Barriers to Hearing God’s Voice

10 Ways to Hear God’s Voice

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10 thoughts on “3 Simple (Yet Powerful) Keys To Hearing God’s Voice”

  1. cada dia puedo escuchar la voz del Señor,bien por las mañanas o por las tardes,o si no mas frecuentemente…todo en relacion de lo que debo hacer y como debo hacerlo.
    gracias al Señor por esta misericordia,pues me ayuda a conectarme con el y saber su voluntad para lo que tengo que hacer. escucho su voz,sin interferencias.!alabado sea el Señor!.!saludos.

    1. Hello Jose! Greetings from Australia! It’s great that you are blessed in your relationship with God and ability to hear His voice. There are many people who struggle with this, and don’t know how to listen. May you and your family be richly blessed.

  2. Hello Helen~The Holy Spirit guided me to your blog directly following a prayer fest and the information on spiritual warfare and discernment came for me at a most auspicious time! My husband and I have our own blog site called, ‘A Bee In The Mouth’ and we are chronicling our spiritual and physical battle with Jezebel and et. al. We live a very supernatural life, but even with that said, finding your site was a God send as I was getting weary and needed some encouragement and anointed reminders! You know how lonely this walk with Jesus can be! Blessing to you and yours and I look forward to further spiritual insights, wisdom and prophecies from your relationship with God! Most Sincerely, Stacie Sutton

    1. Hi Stacie, just spotted your comment, I’m sorry I missed it a few months back. It’s great to hear from you!

  3. The Holy Spirit fills my body with His presence throughout the night… We communicate through praise and worship…He even spells out words to me, for me to look up….I asked His promission to recorde some of our conversations……because I wanted to remember what He said and to make sure I was not crazy lol.

    1. Hi Helena, yes it is a good idea to record our conversations with the Holy Spirit in some way – for inspiration when we review and look back, and also helps us weigh up what we are hearing. Love the praise and worship – bless you!

  4. You are very practical and sound. I often wrestle with hearing God’s voice and wrestle with a spirit of fear and unworthiness. I find myself going through my day constantly repenting before the Lord. I feel that I would be the first one that He casts into Hell. I have had some prophetic words spoken over me and I am unsure how to align that they come to pass. I also am curious how they affect my wife and children. Thank you for your time. Be blessed.

    1. Hi Jason, I know this is YEARS later but I couldn’t help but feel pulled to respond. If you still find yourself feeling this way I encourage you to read the book Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning. It was an instrumental book God used in healing my heart. The enemy is harrassing you God wants to set you free from that

  5. Good morning Thank you for sharing about these amazing gifts. I have received D of s. 2021 I was saved during lockdown! My husband also died months before the lockdown. I still haven’t understood it all ! at the time it saved my life. I was attacked in the flesh and in the spirit. I struggle to find others with this gift in ministry. I also witnessed attacks on my family which I saw. I am a mum and grandmother . I now understand some of what happened but it was so powerful!! . I now understand about not focusing on the demonic, it’s going to take time and training but I pray the HS will guide me to the right people training and management of these gifts. I am so grateful to God for his Love and patience with me. Thank you.

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