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Some of our Home Groups develop their studies around the central theme of our Sunday worship and study.
Our teaching theme this week focusses on:
Extended Lent Study: Prayer –
Listening: Hearing the voice of God
- 1 Samuel, Ch. 3, vs. 1 – 10;
- John, Ch. 10, vs. 1 – 10.
Hearing the voice of God? Is that really possible?
Yes! The Bible is full of examples of God speaking to his people, from God’s call of Eli in our old testament reading, to Jesus’ assurance that those of us who follow Him will be able to recognise his voice (John, Ch. 10, vs. 3 and 4) and onto the promptings of the Spirit in Acts that guided Paul and his friends on their missionary journeys (for a few examples, look up Acts, Ch. 13, vs. 2; Acts, Ch. 16, vs.: 6, 7 and 10 and Acts, Ch. 27, vs. 23).
And it’s the experience of many of us that we sense God speaking today… when we find time to be still. Hearing from God really is our daily bread because it nourishes us, assuring us that God is with us and loves us.
So… how do we hear Him?
God has an infinite number of ways of communicating with us – but as he knows each of us intimately, he knows what will work for us as individuals. He speaks to encourage and build us up, consistent with his character– so any condemning voices aren’t from Him! It’s good to take a leap of faith and act on what we hear or sense – but also to check it with other wise Christians and use our God given common sense.
The commonest way to hear God is through the Bible (see Psalm 119, vs. 105). As we read and ask God to speak, we will find words stick out for us and speak into our circumstances. In addition, people describe having a sense of hearing God a bit like intuition or that feeling of dejâ-vu; maybe a thought that is persistent and a bit different to usual (Isaiah, Ch. 30, vs. 21). God speaks through spiritual gifts of prophecy, and words of knowledge, wisdom and discernment (1 Corinthians, Ch. 12, vs. 7 – 10). He also speaks through nature (Psalm 19, vs. 1), the advice of others (Ephesians, Ch. 4, vs. 15), and even a donkey (2 Peter, Ch. 2, vs. 16)!
Try reading a passage in the Bible (for example, Psalm 27, Mark, Ch. 4, vs. 35 – 41 or Romans, Ch. 12, vs. 1 – 8) slowly, several times over, asking God to speak and lingering over what stands out for you at this time. Trust that God is speaking… do you need to act on it?
Don’t forget that God speaks in love, consistent with his nature. It’s helpful to keep a journal of anything you think God might have been saying to you – as you check back, you will become more confident that it actually was God speaking to you!
Please click here to go to all of the available Study Material for this Lenten Study on Prayer