One of the biggest challenges to hearing God’s voice is quieting our lives enough to discern that still small whisper. These days I find it hard just to take five minutes to read a couple of verses on my iphone, in between checking instagram, twitter and facebook.
But when I actually take the time to read His word, and sit quietly in His presence with a quesiton – he rarely doesn’t show up.
So how do we tune in?
Here are a couple of tips:
1. Listen in the shower. The shower is one of the few times and places when I’m alone and it’s quiet – ish. Why not ask a question as you step into the shower and just see what the Lord might speak to you. It doesn’t have to be the shower. It could be the breakfast table, or the bus, or in the car as you drive to work. Just choose a place that is quiet and somewhere you are regularily.
2. Take a break from social media. If your phone is the first thing you’re reaching for when you wake up, and the last thing you look at before you go to bed, it’s possible it’s becoming an idol. This may sound severe, but an idol is just anything that take priority in our life over God. Why not charge your phone in another room? Or take the evenings or weekends off from social media? This is just another way to quiet the distractions and tune in to God’s voice.
3. Ask questions. Often when I try to just sit quietly in God’s presence, I’m way to easily distracted. All of a sudden I feel hungry, or tired, or start mentally writing my grocery list. However, if I come with a quesiton for God, it helps to focus my time. When my mind starts to wander, I can bring it back to the question I asked and continue to wait and listen.
4. Ask God to help you focus. The enemy doesn’t want you to hear from God. I can gaurantee he will do anything in his power to distract you from having quality time with the Lord. So at the beginning of my devotional time, I often pray against distractions, and ask God to focus my mind and heart on His truth and presence.
Tuning in to God’s voice is a skill, and the more we practice, the better we get at it. There are still days when I ask God something and I hear nothing at all, but as the years have gone by, it’s become easier to discern between my own thoughts, and the voice of God.
What about you? How do you keep your quiet time with Jesus from distractions? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below.