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Sometimes, it can feel easier to spend our prayer time talking to God, rather than listening to what God might be saying to us.
God speaks to us in many ways: sometimes we just need to learn to listen to what God might want to say.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”John 10:27
Listening can take time, so choose to set aside a time and place that will help you to focus on God
Sitting in silence and inviting God to speak to you is a great way to begin: you could start by simply saying, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening” (1 Samuel Ref).
It’s easy to lose focus when listening in silence – if you find you’re getting distracted or thinking of other things, write them down and put them to the side. Alternatively, you might find that your thoughts will help you to pray!
To remain focused, you might like to reflect on a simple verse such as “Be Still and Know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
God can speak in many different ways: our thoughts, feelings, Bible, experiences or even what’s around us.
If you find your mind wanders to a specific word, Bible passage or picture, pay attention and test whether God might be speaking (see the guide below!)
How to Pray, chapter 9, Listening
The Prayer Course, session 7, Listening
The Prayer Course Toolshed: Listening section
How to Hear God: A Simple Guide for Normal People, Pete Greig
Don’t worry if you don’t hear anything, or if the thoughts in your mind are just random – it’s all part of the learning process! Write notes and continue to read them back as you might find later that God is speaking.