Hearing God’s Voice

How do you hear God’s voice in your life.

Today before church my son and I had the responsibility to set up for the virtual broadcast for the meeting for those who couldn’t’ attend. This was our first time, as the two others that normally did it were not available.

Earlier in the week we had been shown how. But, as happens many times, especially when dealing with technology, things don’t always work how they are supposed to.

We set up the video portion quickly, but we could not get the audio to work. The microphone at the podium is hooked up to Bluetooth to enable a better quality audio for the listener at home and we just weren’t hearing anything.

We tried his phone (i-phone) and mine (android) and could not get either to work. We had been working on it for twenty minutes and now it was past time to start the meeting. So in the end we ended up trying something different; not using Bluetooth and just broadcasting using the i-phone’s own microphone.

One of the speakers today, a bit ironically, spoke about prayer and listening to God and trying to understand His will for us in our life.

In order to broadcast our audio we had to persevere, keep working at it, and eventually use a different way to let our church members hear. 

In hearing God’s voice in our own lives we can also need to keep working hard at it and maybe find different ways.

I have felt God in my life as I pray, or while listening to a talk at church, or by reading the scriptures, or even when serving someone. I have also heard his voice in my heart and mind as I have gone hiking prompting me to do something in my life or to help someone.

We communicate to God through prayer, but he can communicate back to us in so many different ways…if we are listening for his voice. But he needs us to ask and to try harder.

The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant, but that we must ask for in order to obtain. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them.

Bible Dictionary, Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints

The scriptures are full of admonitions to pray:

  • “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation,” (Matt 26:41)
  • “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings,” (Alma 37:37)
  • “Pray for them which despitefully use you,” (Matt 5:44)
  • “Be thankful unto him, and bless his name,”(Psalm 100)

Hearing God’s voice in our life and understanding His will for us require perseverance and work. We all hear God’s voice in our own way and in our own time.

As we try to increase the effectiveness of our communication with God we are constantly learning how to hear his voice in our life.

Today at church we had to try a little harder and in the end do something different to hear the voice of our speakers as they gave us the word of God and testified of Jesus Christ.

What can you do in your life to better hear God’s voice?  What might you need to change?

I know we can all hear his voice in our life. And in doing so can find out His will for us.

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