Do you feel distant from God? Like you need to hear God’s voice? Check out these 6 practical tips on getting closer to God. He wants to be close to you. James 4:7 says: “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God and He will come close to you.”

Here are some ways that I have drawn close to God throughout my life. And when I am faithful in these practices, I can really tell the difference. You’ll feel Him drawing close to you in each method. (And the more you do them, the more natural they will feel.)

 

How to Hear God's Voice- 6 practical tips you need to take to get closer to God today Christ-Centered Mama Christian Devotion

1. Spend time reading the Bible

2 Timothy 3:16 says that the Bible is God-breathed. The things that He wants you to know are written in the pages of this Holy book! Consider using a study Bible. I like to read a chunk of scripture (3-6 chapters or so) and read the commentary and re-read the scripture. I also like to use the New Living Translation and occasionally The Message. For more on why I like to read out of the Message, check this link.

 

 

2. Through prayer

Jesus said some pretty revolutionary things about prayer. It’s been 2000 years later and I’m still not sure we fully apply what He said. Does your prayer life look like this?

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (The Message)

 

3. Spend time listening while you pray

Did you know prayer is a conversation? In EVERY relationship, you’ll learn more about the other person when you listen. Sometimes when we pray, we often mimic our real-life conversations and just TALKTALKTALK.… with not much listening. In both person-to-person conversations and person-to-God conversations, we need to spend 50% or more of our time listening to others if possible.

Read my article here about how to pray for your children.

For me, what this looks like is pausing between sentences in both prayer and in conversations. I know some who do this in different ways, including prayer journaling. If you have considered having a war room (prayer closet) in your house but can’t afford to lose the space, check out this post by Jo Ditt that features 7 creative ways to bring the war room out of the closet.

Listening in prayer is SO important. Check out what my fellow blogger, Christie at Heaven and Filth says about listening to God in her blog post:

Taking 15 to 20 minutes to reflect on what we’ve read is a great way to connect spiritually. It gives us time to apply His teachings to our life and truly understand what we’re reading.  We can do this by asking God what He would like to say to us during this time or by asking if there’s anything He would like to reveal to us.  It’s often in these moments where I hear God’s voice the loudest.  I take time to reflect on what He’s saying to make sure I truly understand what is asked of me.

 

4. Spend time with mature Christians

God speaks through relationships as well! I can’t tell you the number of times that I have been SO lifted up by a seemingly normal conversation. This week, I had a small fender-bender. My car was undamaged but I somehow managed to mangle up the other person’s car. This person goes to my husband’s church. I let myself get really upset about the car and the money involved. For 3 days. On the 3rd day, my friend saw me at church and said “I think you’re overreacting about this. You need to let it go or you’ll hurt your relationship with this person”. She didn’t say it with condemnation but with grace. At the time, I could have promised that this was a heavenly voice. She was such a blessing to me.

 

5. Spend time in a local church

Sometimes I like to think about church as a team huddle. (It’s obviously a lot more than that but I’ll explain…)

In a team huddle, you hear the things you’re doing right and you’ll hear the things that need improvement. Except in the church, when you’re hearing these things not about a game, but about eternal matters. Sort of awesome when you think about it.

For more on why you should go to church, check out these 9 reasons here.

 

 

6. FastHow to Hear God's Voice- 6 Practical Tips you need to get closer to God today!

Have you ever went on a fast? My grandmother fasts during the day during every day of lent. She spends more time in prayer during the day because of this choice. That’s the point of fasting… to test your addictions and to rely more on God through prayer.

Let me make it really clear…

Sometimes you can’t hear God’s voice because you are hearing the voices of EVERYTHING else around you.

Sometimes it’s food. Or social media. Maybe it’s a Netflix series or shopping. Maybe you can take a fast from sweets or from other kinds of treats. You rely on some things more than you rely on God. Isolate those things and show them who’s boss. That’s the idea of fasting! You will hear God’s voice in this process.

 

 

What about you?

The world has a LOT to say to you. But so does God. Which voice will you listen to today?

55 thoughts on “How to Hear God’s Voice Today- 6 Practical Tips”

  1. I love this post! I don’t always get to read a post like this so this is refreshing! I love talking to God and thanking him for each of the blessings he has given me. But there are also days, when I just like to keep quiet and realize what he wants for me, what he wants me to do.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  2. Avoid TALK TALK TALK – this can be applied in prayer and in all situations in life! I have to remind myself to focus on listening – keep my mouth closed and mind focused!

    1. Love that! Such a wonderful rule in life… listen more than you talk. It’s a mark of someone who lives a different style of life. 💓

  3. Great tips. I fast during Lent as a Catholic and I think it is helpful to do more often throughout the year to help grow in virtue and prayer but I don’t have that much discipline, yet.

  4. I LOVE the idea of going to church being like a team huddle. That is such a great analogy! It gives time for like-minded people with the same goal to regroup and focus on their goal. I am so thankful for the bodybof Christ!

    1. Thank you Veronica! I am not a very sporty person but the Bible uses sport analogies and I understand the really basic terms. My church is a good healthy one because I always feel this way at noon on Sundays. 💝

  5. These are great suggestions! As Orthodox Christians, we are in a fasting period now until Christmas. It really means something to set “self” aside and focus on God and the Incarnation–such a miracle! Prayer, fasting and almsgiving…joy is found as we seek Him.

    1. Awesome! I would love to hear more about your Orthodox faith. I am fascinated by that part of Christianity! Thanks for dropping by!

  6. Our lives are so busy and surrounded by so much unnecessary noise that I am not surprised when myself and others can’t hear God. Your grandmother seems like a wonderful lady and how faithful of her to fast and take that time to concentrate on her beliefs.

  7. I love that you made #1 reading the Word of God. The Word of God is so important in our walks with God, and yet so many people neglect this aspect. Reading the Word not only means that we hear the words of God, but also that our hearts and minds are transformed the more we read. Thanks for the emphasis of reading the Word 😊

  8. “Spend time listening while you pray” hit home with me. I need to do this with my children too. I’m trying to teach them to listen for God’s voice. I have also been lucky to be surrounded by some very mature Christians this year. It has been a great encouragement to me!

    1. I am so glad that you felt the Holy Spirit’s prompting in teaching your children to listen in prayer. Maybe I should write on this topic in the future! Thank you for your encouraging comment!

  9. Spend time in a local church is a big one. I recently started going to church again and it has changed everything for me. I have found the perfect church for me and it really has strengthened my relationship with god, therefore every other relationship in my life.

    1. I’m so glad that you’ve found a healthy church. I’ve been spending time in prayer for church health recently for this very reason… I think it filters down into all other relationships.

  10. Love these tips! I like how you commented on listening while praying, as well as spending time with mature Christians. I find that I have to restrain myself from harping on those subjects.

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