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The Art of Listening Prayer - Part 2

The Art of Listening Prayer – Part 2

What does God sound like? Let’s open this vital subject and walk it through step-by-step together, laying the foundation on the Word of God. This will take several postings, so please stay with me.

Jesus spoke most directly and completely about hearing His voice in John 10:1-30. And in the Upper Room Discourse in the 5 chapters of Matthew 13-17, He instructs the disciples in the means of hearing His voice, which was to come through His sending the Holy Spirit of Truth. If you really want to build your own understanding and capacity to hear God’s voice, study these chapters thoroughly.

Foundations: What must we understand about hearing “spiritually?”

Let’s start with the theory of spiritual hearing, and then we will move to the practical, experiential side.

  1. God is a spiritual being, and we hear Him through the God-breathed spiritual life within us.

John 4:24. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Romans 8:16. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.

  1. There is a spiritual part of us that is distinct from the “soulish” part of us.

1 Thessalonians 5:23b.  … and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

  1. People have either spiritual ears that are made alive to hear the Spirit, or ears deaf to the

Holy Spirit because their spirit is still “dead in trespasses and sin.” Ephesian 2:1-10

  1. Christians can “hear” God speak to them in their spirits, while natural men cannot.

1 Corinthians  2:10-1510 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

  1. Satan is “spirit” too. Demons also can interact with the human spirit. 1 John 4:6

Summary: Yes, you as a Spirit-indwelt Christian have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying.” Jesus said in Revelation 2-3 that if we have such a capacity to hear, “let him hear!” Theory of spiritual communication must break into the practical, experiential discipline of “listening.”

Be encouraged. You can learn to listen to the Lord. His Spirit can speak to your heart. You can come to the place where you hear Him clearly, so that you may obey Him courageously. Check back next week.

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