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7 Questions to Help You Listen for God’s Voice

Ask these 7 questions in your quiet times to help you stop and listen for God’s voice to encourage, challenge, guide, comfort, & lead your heart.

I love listening to people. When I lived in Tucson, every year the pastor’s family would throw a big open house for Christmas.

Tons of people would come in and out of their house that day.

Every year, I would find a spot, usually at the kitchen table, and park myself there all day long.

Someone would come, sit, eat, we would catch up for awhile, they would move on, and then the next person would come and take their seat and repeat the motions.

The best part of the day was asking questions about them.

Not just, “How about this weather?” kind of questions, but things that took the conversation to a deeper level like, “How’s your heart doing?” “What are you struggling with?” “What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?”

And when people shared those things, whether the answer was joyful or heartbreaking, it was such a beautiful way to connect with them.

Ask these questions to help you stop and listen to the great things God has to say specifically to you to encourage, challenge, comfort, & lead your heart.

How Often Do You Listen?

When I think about how much satisfaction and fulfillment I get from simply listening to friends, I notice how that is not the same dynamic I bring into my relationship with God.

I’m the talker there.

I’m the one singing His praises, throwing out prayer requests, and spilling the depths of my heart. And all of those things are vitally important to the relationship, but it’s not the only component.

That’s not a conversation. It’s not a two-way connecting of hearts. That connection also requires me to stop and listen for His voice.

It seems so simple to just give Him a turn to speak, but getting my mind to slow down enough to hear Him is another story. Even when I’m not stressed, my mind just races around jumping from thought to thought and creating a lot of noise.

That makes it pretty difficult to hear his still, small voice.

Questions For God

I still want there to be plenty of praise, thanksgiving, prayer requests, and sharing my heart with Him, but I don’t want it to end there. I don’t want my relationship with God to just look like me talking at Him.

There are a few open-ended questions I have been trying to pray regularly to practice opening up those opportunities to hear from him.

1. Lord, what do you want me to focus on today?

It’s so easy to drift along in life, letting our circumstances guide our decisions.

It’s always a good thing to stop and intentionally seek God’s voice in lining up your priorities for the day.

2. Where are you leading me today?

As a Christian, I like to think I’m always seeking God’s guidance in my life, but I don’t listen for His voice as often as I should.

Asking for His guidance first thing in the morning is a great way to get your day on the right track and keep your eyes on Him.

3. What would you like to tell me right now?

I don’t know about you, but my mind can be going at a hundred miles an hour, starting the minute I wake up.

Then it’s on to a day of work, texts, Facebook, and all kinds of other distractions.

Taking the time to slow down and ask God to speak to you can be powerful.

Maybe He will bring a verse to mind or reinforce a lesson you’ve been learning.

4. Is there anyone you would like to lay on my heart to pray for or serve today?

I always have the best of intentions when I say, “I’ll pray for you.”

I say it often and most of the time I’m great on follow-through (mostly because I write those requests down as soon as I hear them!).

It’s always good to stop and think about the people in your life and asking God to bring someone to mind can be so impactful.

5. How can I best use my time to serve You?

Just like asking God to help you line up your priorities, asking Him to help you lay out your schedule for the day is important, too.

Maybe you need to schedule in some rest time to be still with Him.

Maybe you can best serve Him by volunteering, calling a friend, focusing on your work, spending time with your kids, or countless other things.

6. God, is there a verse you’d like to bring to the forefront of my mind today?

This is a question I ask often.

Sometimes I doubt whether it’s God or my own thoughts speaking to me, but I don’t have to doubt when it comes to Scripture.

I know Bible verses are God’s Word, so I can lean on them for Truth, guidance, and comfort.

Scripture becomes that much more powerful when God leads you to a particular verse that you need at just the right time.

7. How can I draw nearer to You today?

This should be the ultimate goal every single day.

How can you draw nearer to God in your work, your marriage, your singleness, your parenting, your ministry?

I don’t know the answers, but He does.

Listen for God’s Voice

And then the most important part of all is stopping to listen for His answers, a skill I still need a lot of work on!

Do your best not to let your mind race or jump to your to-do list or other distractions. Just listen. I take a few deep breaths and close my eyes as I wait to help calm my thoughts and just focus on Him alone.

Just a few minutes of listening time not only adds a dose of peace and stillness to your life but you just never know what God has in store to tell you.

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Kishore

Tuesday 11th of October 2022

Excellent. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Lois

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

Thank you so much, Becky. I really needed this! Like you, I want to hit the floor running in the morning with that to do list! But I know this will make my whole day go 100% better! Hugs and prayers to you!

Becky

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

You are so welcome, Lois! I'm so glad these resonated with you.

Cindy

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Thank you for the wonderful advice. I also struggle with calming/quieting my mind down in order to hear His word. For me, it can be the hardest thing to accomplish when I am spending time with God. This article really helps. Thank you!

Gramma dee

Saturday 8th of April 2017

Beautiful advice. Thank yoy.

Becky

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

You are so welcome, Gramma Dee. Blessings to you!