Johannes Facius said; "The most important thing about prayer is to make sure that you are coming into the presence of the Lord, and from there the Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you and give you His burden." He also said that if you have ten minutes available to pray, then use the first eight minutes to be still and empty yourself before God and worship Him. Then the remaining two minutes in intercessory prayer will be tremendously effective.
A prayer warrior like him realized through the years of a committed prayer life that the whole point of prayer and intercession is to work together with God for the fulfilment of His purposes in the world. We as priestly intercessors can only be effective as partners with Christ, our High Priest, if we are being lead by the Holy Spirit.
True prayer is not our bringing before the Lord all the things that we think are important, but prayer is our coming to the point where we are available to listen to what the Lord wants us to deal with in prayer. Somebody said “winning the war starts with hearing the General” The clearer the lines of communication, the more effectively we can speak the mind and the will of the ‘General’ into the lives of people and nations.
When we see our prayers as God’s means of getting His will done on earth, we know that we need to hear His marching orders and that it is only when we pray His will that we will be able to wield His power in prayer. As we listen God will reveal strategies, actions and declarations for successful prayer. God communicates His battle plan, gives warnings or revelations regarding our spiritual battles. To hear God’s voice, we must believe that He speaks to us. I am positive that many people don't hear the voice or recognize the voice of God because they have no expectation of God wanting to speak to them.
The Bible is full of examples where people heard God’s voice and reacted:
Abraham: Gen 22:11; "The Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said; 'Abraham, Abraham!' So he said; 'Here I am.'
Moses: Ex 3:4, "So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said;" Moses, Moses" and he said "Here I am." (that was only the first time that God spoke to Moses.)
Samuel: 1 Sam 3:4; "The Lord called Samuel. And he answered; "Here I am."
Elijah: 1 Kings 19:13; "Suddenly a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here Elijah?"
Daniel: Daniel 10:9; "Yet I heard the sound of His words; and while I heard the sound of His words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground."
Paul: Acts 9:4; "The he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him; "Saul. Saul. Why are you persecuting me?"
Peter: Acts 10:13; "And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat."
John : Rev 1:10. "I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day and I heard behind me a loud voice, as a trumpet.
In the Bible God spoke to these individuals to make His plans known to them. God still speak to individuals for the same reason. God committed Himself to use human beings to do His work on earth and we need to get directions from Him.
What causes our reluctance to believe that God wants to and does speak to us?
The problem of the unreal Bible.
When we read the stories of the Bible we think they are special; people living in special times. So we read the Bible without expecting what we read to be reproduced in our lives. We see the Bible as a book of abstract truths about God rather than a guide into the supernatural realm of God’s power. With this perspective on the Bible we edit out the reality of verses like:
James 5:17 Elijah was a man just like us.
Mark 9:23 says “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
We experience very little of God’s supernatural power, because we neither have the faith to pray for miracles nor the confidence that God can speak to us in a supernatural way. Our way of reading the Bible taught us not to expect it. We need to see Jesus as our supreme example of both how to live and how to minister. Jesus Christ is our role model.
Jesus and the voice of God.
Everything connected with the birth of Jesus was through the supernatural,
God speaking through an angel: Zechariah, Mary, Joseph.
Everybody who came was called in a supernatural way; the shepherds, wise men.
God was setting the pattern:
The revelatory ministry of the HS surrounding the birth of Jesus demonstrated that we are utterly dependent on the voice of God and our need for supernatural guidance, regardless of our intellect or Bible knowledge. In His ministry on earth Jesus did not judge by what his eyes saw or his ears heard, but by the Spirit. (John 4: the Samaritan woman)
The limitations of Jesus’ humanity.
The scripture teach that Jesus took on the form of a man Phil.2:6-11 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. He could become hungry Matt.4:2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry, thirsty: John 19:28 Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” and tired John 4:6: Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. He could only be in one place at a time. John 11 The death of Lazarus. But he did minister in power.
Where did this power come from?
His supernatural power came from the Holy Spirit. The total dependence of Jesus on the HS was prophesied by Isaiah (11:1-5 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him….. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; Jesus said himself quoting Is.61:1-3) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. At his baptism the HS came upon him and remained on him, (Matt 3:16; As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Only after He was baptized and empowered by the Holy Spirit did His ministry begin.
His disciple also knew that He did these miracles by the power of the HS. Peter said in Acts 10:38 that God anointed Jesus with the HS and power. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
What do we understand from these scriptures?
That Jesus did what he did because he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and not because he was the son of God. That means that we, if we are anointed by the HS can and should do the same things. Jesus Christ also set the example and the divine pattern for ministry in His complete dependence on communicating with the Father in John 5:19: Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
He judges as he hears the Father judge (John5:30) By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear
He speaks only the words of the Father John 12:49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. John 14:10,24 These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
He does exactly what the Father commands him John 14:31 I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
Unbroken communion with the Father made it possible for Jesus to do what He was sent for. Same with us.
Hearing God in order to serve God is the New Testament pattern.
Jesus listened to God and then as one empowered by the HS he spoke and acted. He passed this same method of ministry over to his apostles promising them he would send the HS to empower them. The HS would teach them, (John 14:26; But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
The apostles heard God supernaturally and worked miracles as their Master did.
Jesus was their role model for ministry. Not only the apostles but he was the model for all Christians. Also for the modern Church. We share with them the very same power to hear God and work miracles. Jesus said; As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. (John 20:21b) There is no reason to believe that what was true for those early Christians is any less true for us. Jesus is to be our role model in every area of life. If we reject Jesus, the apostles and the early Christians as our models for hearing God today, then we are left with no Biblical models for hearing God.
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH AND THE VOICE OF GOD
The book of Acts tells us how the 1st century Christians actually lived.
All the supernatural phenomena in the upper room indicated that the proclamation of the church would be divinely inspired. The coming of the HS inaugurated an age of revelation.
Acts 2:17-21 ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. Instead of having a few prophets in every generation like in the Old Testament, there were now no restrictions on the HS’s revelatory ministry. He was giving birth to a prophetic people. With the exception of Chapter 17 every chapter of the book of Acts contains an example of or reference to supernatural revelation from God to his servants. EG.
Chapter 1 Angels came down and gave the disciples directions after Jesus was taken up to heaven.
Chapter 5 Peter prophesied the death of Ananias and Saphira and an angel free the apostles from jail.
Chapter 8 An angel gave directions to Philip and later the Spirit carried him to Azotes.
Chapter 9 Paul on the Damascus road, -- An angel appeared to Cornelius and Peter’s vision. -- an angel visits Peter in jail --- The Lord spoke to Paul in a night vision. Etc
The book of Acts portray a church that lived by revelation. The word ‘revelation’ refers to a secret God has made known… something that we could not know or did not know, through natural means. From the book of Acts until today it is the HS who speaks the words of God. The HS may speak directly to individuals, telling them where to go and what to do.
Acts 8:29 The Spirit told Philip
Acts 10:19-20 While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him,
To a whole church Acts 13:2 The HS spoke to the Church at Antioch and the Jerusalem Council said in Acts 15:28 It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements
The HS can hinder or forbid a missionary team Acts 16:6-7 Paul and his companions travelled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.
Inspire a sermon or testimony Acts 4:8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them:
The HS still speak to people individually as well as corporately
Does the book of acts represent normal Christianity? What Jesus promised (John 14:26;15:26;16:13)when he spoke about the HS happened in Acts. Teaching, reminding, testifying, guiding and showing are all normal functions of the HS. Acts is the only scriptural witness teaching us about life in God. Luke was teaching his readers that they could not do without God speaking to them.
HOW DOES GOD SPEAK TO HIS CHURCH TODAY?
God speaks through the Bible,
The most common way of God speaking to us today is through the Bible. John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. Ask God for scripture Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. The words of God gives us direction, comfort, help us in making decisions and gives us strength when needed in difficult times. The words of Scripture must remain our only absolute standard, but the HS speaks in other ways consistent with Scripture.
God speaks through supernatural means
The audible voice. Why does God speak to one person in a dream and to another in an audible voice? The clearer the revelation the harder the task. When God speaks in an audible voice you can be sure that the powers of hell will rise up to challenge that voice. When God speaks to you most clearly you will go through such a difficult experience that you will need to be absolutely certain that God has spoken to you. The clarity of the voice may be the main thing that gives you the power to endure the subsequent testing. The Father spoke audibly to Jesus. At his baptism: Matt 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” At the transfiguration Matt 17:5 voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Just before the cross John 12:27 “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again. Also to Paul on Damascus road (Acts 9:1-9) his companions heard but did not understand. To Ananias, telling him to minister to Paul (Acts 9:10-16) Peter in a trance (Acts 10:9-16) John when he was in the Spirit (Rev.1:10). Jesus was praying when the voice spoke at his baptism. Paul was praying in the temple when he heard the audible voice through a trance experience. (Acts 22:17_21) and so was Peter. Also John on the Island of Patmos.
Does God still speak in an audible voice? Does he still assign difficult tasks? It is still the rarest way that God speaks?
The internal audible voice.
When God speaks to us in complete sentences in our minds, the voice comes with an authority that make us recognize that those sentences comes from God. How often can we expect God to speak to us in an internal audible voice? Not so often, but every time it happens it is life changing and significant.
The voice of angels.
Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation Heb.1:14
Angels function not only as servants and guardians, they also function as agents of supernatural revelation. Philip (Acts 8:26) Cornelius (Acts 10:3)Paul at sea during shipwreck. (Acts27:23-26)
Dreams, visions and trances.
Dreams consists of images accompanied by thoughts and emotions – we ‘see’ while we sleep. The images may tell a coherent story or not make sense at all. Visions are dreams we have while we are awake and trances are a visionary state that occurs while we are awake. In the old Testament dreams and visions were mostly for prophets, but with the coming of the HS dreams, visions and other prophetic experiences have become the normal experience for the whole church. (Acts 2:17-18) ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Dreams can sometimes be warnings about dangers, it can be encouraging in times of deep intercession for a person or situation. Sometimes we see a picture in our mind that cannot be described as a vision. It can be fleeting or extensive, make sense or not. Ask for more information.
Sentence fragments and single words.
Sometimes the Lord will speak to us with only part of a sentence or a single word which we may not even understand. It gets our attention because we sense that it comes from outside ourselves.
Impressions lack the precision of sentences or single words. Supernatural impressions are similar to intuition in that they both communicate direct knowledge without any rational evidence to support that knowledge. Impressions can happen any time and one can rely on them for guidance in everyday affairs or for direction in ministry. It happens to those who: believe that God will speak to them, want to serve God and his people, pray regularly for God to speak to them, act on the impressions when they come even at the risk of looking foolish in front of others. Nehemia told how God led him by an impression “So God put it in my heart to assemble the nobles…..(Neh.7:15) It is an immediate ‘knowing’ in our spirit. A Name pops up regularly…pray!
The gifts of the Holy Spirit.
A word of knowledge. God wants to communicate knowledge that it is humanly impossible to know. He does that because He wants to do something about the situation.
God speaks to us through teachers, preachers and prophets, but Paul told us to evaluate prophetic messages.
But mostly the voice of the Holy Spirit is the ‘still small voice’ we hear in our spirit on the inside. Often it can be discarded as a mere thought or ‘my imagination’ but if we believe that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit, that he lives in us then we can understand that we hear His voice inside us. Sometimes the HS uses words that we would not naturally have used.
God speaks through experience
Our trials. God may use illness, a tragedy or some other kind of trial to get our attention and bring correction. Many trials are prolonged because we fail to hear what God is saying to us.
The HS will also speak to us through common events. He provides daily encounters that serve as windows for the soul and hear his voice.
Learning the language of the Holy Spirit.
We have become accustomed to Christian experience far below that of the NT church and we have developed theologies to justify our inferior experience. God wants us to know Him and to know His voice.
John 10:3-5: “…To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; …and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” Knowing God is the ultimate key to recognizing His voice. Everything revolves around our relationship with God through Christ. The more intimate this relationship the closer we get to Him and the clearer we will hear His voice. We sometimes are ambivalent about intimacy with God. We desire it, but at the same time we shy away from it because intimacy makes us vulnerable and we fear this in relationships. Spiritual growth begins when we realize our spiritual poverty and powerlessness. Matt 5:1 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. If we think we do not need to hear the voice of God He will not speak to us. There are some serious questions we need to ask ourselves and answer honestly, assessing our motives. Why do we want to hear the voice of God?
How do we learn to hear the voice of God?
By being willing to try and fail will we become proficient. Everyone who becomes skilled at hearing God’s voice will have paid the price of appearing and feeling foolish many times. No one learns a language instantly, it is learnt over time through constant use. Those who become skilled at hearing God’s voice are those who have consistently trained themselves to listen for Him to speak. (Heb.5:14) We need to keep our hearts open to god’s correction, frequently ask him his opinion on matters and listen to his answers. Be patient and give yourself time.
Whenever we speak about hearing God we are dealing with three areas:
1) the revelation itself,
2) the interpretation of the revelation and
3) the application of the interpretation. We need the HS to speak to us about both the interpretation and the application
There are cases where our interpretation and application can be wrong. In those cases our experiences and feelings will pass through a faulty filter. How we got bad filters? By the unseen and un-felt influence of our culture or by hidden things in our heart such as fear, arrogance and anger. Or by an incident where revelation was handled incorrectly by fellow Christians. The sovereignty of God is scary. If we get too close to Him He might send us somewhere we don’t want to go or make us do something we do not want to do or to be.
The kind of people who hear the Voice of God.
There are three essential characteristics for hearing His voice- availability, willingness and humility.
Jesus’ life was unreservedly available to God the Father. Mark 1:32-34 After staying up half the night healing the sick and the demon possessed He got up early the next morning while it was still dark and went to a solitary place to pray. People who are truly available to God see God as owning their day and He has the freedom to reorder it as He chooses. God wants our friendship (John 15:15) Because then we are available because we love Him. The ones who find Him are those who seek him with all their heart. Deut.4:29 (God has the habit of waking you up at 3am). Intimacy with God is the first priority for hearing His voice and for ministry.
God speaks to those who are willing to do whatever He says. Jesus said, ”By myself I can do nothing…I seek not to please myself, but him who sent me. John 5:30 When God sees that we are truly willing to do whatever he asks, he will speak to us. God will speak if he knows that we will obey and that we need his voice to be able to obey. Philip was in the midst of revival in Samaria; Acts 8:26-27 When an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” …So he arose and went
God speaks of Moses Num.12:6-8 If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord.
In Num.12:3 we read (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) What is humility? Being small in your own eyes (1Sam.15:17) It does not mean to think you are worthless or have no ability or good qualities, it means that we do not trust in our own abilities or goodness. Humility is an absolute confidence in the mercy of God. A truly humble person knows that no matter how great their abilities, they can do nothing apart from Christ. They put their trust in the HS’s ability to speak and not in their ability to hear and in Christ’s ability to lead and not in their ability to follow. Proud people don’t really need God’s supernatural revelation. The highest form of exaltation God can give is intimacy and friendship with Himself. If we make ourselves available to Him, are willing to do whatever he tells us and set our hearts on humility, he will speak to us.
RECOGNIZING THE VOICE.
We want a simple formula, but it is not a formula, but a love relationship.
Other voices competing with God’s voice.
Our own voice, lust and desires (Eccl. 5:3; Eph 2:3)
Satan and his demons, sorcerers (Isaiah 8:19; John 8:44; Rev 13:5)
The World, family, friends, etc. (Jer 51:55; 1 John 2:16)
God’s voice always agrees with Scripture.
All private revelation, prophetic words, impressions, dreams, visions and any supernatural experience should be checked against the Bible. He will never contradict the teachings of the Bible.
God’s voice has a consistent character.
He does not nag or whine, but is calm, quiet and confident. He will not condemn. When the devil speaks to us about our sins he makes us feel worthless and condemned without hope of changing.
God’s voice bears good fruit.
If we are really listening to the voice of God our lives will show the fruit of the Spirit. Gal.5:22-23 the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
God’s voice is different from our voice:
He will have a different perspective on any particular situation. The content of the message will be different and we can check whether it is different from our own thoughts.
God’s voice is easy to reject.
Again, friendship is the key to recognizing God’s voice
God wants a relationship, but often we only want results. So many of us can’t get past the stage where we want Jesus because of what he can do for us. We see only his ability to provide and miss the loveliness of His person. He will not force himself on us, but it remains the greatest miracle that the Son of God wants a relationship with us. We have been saved that we might love a Person. We have been redeemed to serve a Person not a set of principals. We are called to please a Person not to perform a ministry. There is more to the story of Mary and Martha than meets the eye. Martha’s service for the person she loved kept her away from that very person. Sometimes our hard work cause us to lose the goal we are working for. Jesus was in her home, but Martha was bothered and not blessed. She actually blamed Jesus; Lord, don’t you care…? Mary on the other hand was completely engrossed in the presence of Jesus. She was hanging on every word and Jesus was enjoying her love and friendship and he was sharing his heart with her,… Jesus said; Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. Friendship with Jesus is the result of a conscious choice. Friends know friends. Mary wanted to see his face and hear his voice.
(Show me your face, Lord…If I see your face, I’ll make it to the end.)
Friendship with God has always been the key to hearing his voice. Abraham Gen.18:17 God said; Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? No one becomes a friend of Jesus without first becoming his servant.
Intercessors should be able to hear the voice of God. As He speaks He will reveal areas that need prayer, strategies to overcome the enemy, actions or declarations to break the power of hindrances and even the real sources of warfare. The key to breakthrough in prayer is hearing and obeying the voice of God.
By listening to the voice of God we will become the voice of God on earth when we pray prophetic prayers and make proclamations according to what the HS has revealed to us. God has given His Church, as His representatives on earth, the authority to speak for Him. When we speak under the leading of the HS we speak as His voice on earth. God has placed His power in our words to accomplish much through us, His Church. John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” This kind of praying is often called prophetic prayer. Prophecy means speaking forth the mind of God. In prophetic intercession we come into the presence of God and hear his mind and counsel that enables us to pray things that is on His heart. Ephesians 3:10 speaks of the power of God made available to the church for a purpose: His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. This ‘making known’ is through proclamations received in listening prayer. We are participating in a process released from heaven. This kind of proclamations carries with it the authority that Christ delegated to us. It is like the Town crier of old who would cry out the proclamations and decrees of the King to the people.
Preparing ourselves to listen to God.
Johannes Facius says; "Very often what takes the longest time in the process of prayer is for us to be unloaded from all our burdens and our thoughts, including all our anxieties and needs, and come to the place where we are available for the Holy Spirit to put upon us prayers that are according to the will of God."
Steps to listening prayer:
Schedule time with God (at least one hour)
Find a place where you can be comfortable and undisturbed.
Settle down with your Bible, a notebook and pen.
Quieten your mind through either reading some chapters in the Bible or listening to worship music.
Focus your thoughts on God by reading, out loud, the theophanies (God appearances) in the Bible, e.g. Exodus 33,34; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1; Daniel 7; Revelation 1,4,5.
Allow worship and praise to flood your heart and pray this out loud to Him or sing songs of praise and worship.
Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and reveal any unconfessed sin in your life. Confess and repent of these and receive God’s forgiveness and cleansing.
Re-dedicate yourself to the Lord. Ask Him to renew your mind and align it with His Word.
Make every thought obedient to Him, by submitting yourself and every part of your being to Him.
Write down your requests and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your motives for asking these things to God. Allow Him to convict you of selfish desires. Confess these and ask the Lord to give you His desires.
While still focussing on Him, stop talking and wait for Him to speak.
Begin reading a book from the Bible, such as Ephesians or Psalm 1 and ask God to speak to your heart concerning the content of the verses you are reading.
Write down anything that comes to mind. Even if it is just your own desire to hear Him speak. Try to describe anything that He shows you in your mind’s eye. If He reminds you of something you had to do, write it down for later discussion. If He asks you a question answer Him in prayer. Write down your conversation with Him.
Try to draw a picture of what God is showing you.
Discuss your thoughts with God, and allow Him to correct you with His Word.
Do not give up after only one or two tries to hear Him speak. Waste time on Him and train yourself to be patient. He WILL speak to you.
Share with others what God gives you. Pray with them and wait on Him as a group.
Be attentive to God at all times during the day. He does not only speak when it suits you.
Hindrances in Hearing God's Voice.
Have you ever believed something with your head but not with your heart? We accept it is as the truth because it is in the Bible, but we have difficulty believing that it also apply to us.
Often we human beings consider our physical body and our soul as most important and neglect our spirit. If we expect to be led by the Spirit of God we must develop our spirit to be able to 'hear' the Spirit of God.
God speaks to us with a purpose and if we do not obey Him in doing what He tells us He will not speak again.
Somebody once said that we must keep short accounts with God. We have to ask the Holy Spirit every day to reveal to us any unconfessed sins
Unforgiveness breeds bitterness and draws us away from God. God does not hear our prayers. Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
Always keep your focus on God and not on your desire to hear His voice. Allow God to speak to you when and how He wants to. Always expect Him to communicate with you because of His love relationship with you, but do not try to manipulate or demand.
Paul’s prayer for the Church in Ephesus (Eph.1:17-23) I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.