Hearing from God

Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10

The other day I was asked, “How do you hear from God through His word? Although I try to read the Bible, it seems dry and old.”

Let me share what I have learned in this adventure of hearing God through His word.

Pray first. Always invite God to speak to you. “Speak, your servant is listening.”

Engage in what you are reading. What is the story, the picture, the promise, the warning, or the setting that stands out to you? Pause and ponder.

If you are reading Psalm 23 spend some time on, “He makes me lie down in green pastures”. Think about where you might find ” green pastures” today. What might that look like?

Pray again. Allow God’s Spirit to speak to your spirit and personalize His presence and message to you.

Lord, in the maze of my hurried day show me the places of rest that You have prepared for me. Help me see the quiet places you offer to experience Your presence – on my break, as I ride the bus or drive, as I converse. May my spirit be lead by Your Holy Spirit to find the moments of quiet, in the midst of busy, that keep me connected to You. Thank you that You desire to walk closely with me today. May I hear Your voice through Your word as I make time to read and ponder. May Your Spirit speak to my heart as I engage with You as I go. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

By Gail Rodgers
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