Find Out the Four Aspects of Listening to God

The Holy Spirit is your coach. 

As your mentor, He wants to join with you in teaching you how to listen to God.

Listening is an active process. As the Spirit of Truth, He speaks truth that is transformational. These God moments are teachable moments.   

Teachable moments can be: 

1. when emotions are overwhelming

2. during times of great confusion

3. when you set time aside for the purpose of meeting with Him

Tuning in to God and having two-way conversations with Him grows as time goes on. Admit it when listening to God seems difficult. Begin by asking God to open the Word to you as you read (Ps.119:18).

Passages rich in messages about who you are in God’s eyes and what He has given you for life is a good place to start.

Isaiah 55,

Psalms 23, 27, 84, 100, and 139,

John 14-17,

Ephesians 1-4, and Colossians 1-3

Daniel says, “Conversational prayer is absolutely a great way to know God better. I’m glad the Lord has led me to this way of connecting with Him. Engaging with God through this model of pray is different than performing for God. Truly life changing.”

Four Parts to Listening to God

1. Focusing

A way to allow God to fill your mind with His presence is to quiet down. Easier said than done sometimes in this fast-paced world we live it. Take a couple of deep breaths and let go of all distractions. Turn your phone off. Play soft instrumental music in the background.

Try walking around in a peaceful area if this helps you. Avoid any distractions. This helps some people to focus better.

Picture in your mind being somewhere with Jesus: a hillside near Jerusalem, or Jesus walking along with you.

Pray a short sentence prayer asking to hear His voice.  Trust that your main source will be the Holy Spirit.

2. Listening

Spontaneous thoughts, pictures rather than an audible voice are common. Pay attention to your body, your emotions, and the Spirit of God.

You’re not analyzing a text. This isn’t Bible study, it’s mostly about receiving.  Ask Him about a word or phrase you have read in Scripture that grabbed your attention.

Ask Him any question (not a yes or no question). “God, what do you want me to know today about my relationship to You?”

Two ways to do this is, carry on the conversation out loud (if walking around), and write or speak whatever comes to you.

 Also, ask clarifying questions. We do this in any close relationship, don’t we? Tell the truth about your reactions. Receive any spontaneous thoughts. See if the conversation differs from what you thought.

3. Discerning

Allow the Spirit to prompt you when your thoughts wander too much. Be willing to question things that sound a little off.

Go back to earlier moments in your conversation to get back on track. If needed, ask some of the questions again.

Go over your conversation after your thoughts quiet down.  Ask God to draw you to anything He wants you to learn from this.

Tune in to whatever God wants you to take away from the discussion. Be open and ask a trusted friend for help to discern if what you received came from God.

4. Responding

If you received a revelation of truth or a rich word or thought, write it down in your Journal. 

You may feel led:

  • to pray a prayer of thanksgiving
  • to pray a prayer of forgiveness,
  • to pray a prayer of repentance,
  • to pray a prayer for encouragement,
  • or to take action in some area of your life.  

Lastly, conversational prayer in a nutshell. It includes:

  1. Focusing
  2. Listening
  3. Discerning and
  4. Responding

Sharon says, “conversational prayer is a practical way on practicing to engage with God and to be mentored by the Holy Spirit.”


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