A Spiritual Exercise: Hear from Heaven

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The Bible’s book of 1 Kings includes the story of the prophet Elijah. Chapter 19 recounts the tumultuous episode when he was running for his life from wicked Queen Jezebel and hiding in the wilderness. After a while God led Elijah to go to Mount Horeb. There God told Elijah to leave the cave where he had taken refuge and stand before Him. A strong wind tore into the mountain and broke nearby rocks in pieces; then there was an earthquake; then a fire; then a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:3-12). God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but that still small voice was His.

You too can get alone with God to hear His voice and thereby receive His words of love and encouragement, answers to your questions, and solutions to your problems. Here’s how:

hearing from God spiritual exerciseFind a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, preferably for at least 15 minutes. Bring your Bible or some other inspirational reading, and a laptop or a pen and something to write on.

Begin by reading a short passage or two to boost your faith. Then think about a matter that you would like God to speak to you about—a problem or concern or even something that you’re curious about. Sit quietly and listen to what He tells you. Perhaps He’ll remind you of something you have read in His Word. Perhaps He’ll remind you of something you have seen or something someone has said. Or perhaps He’ll give you a message in words or pictures. Whatever comes to your mind, write it down for future reference, and then thank Him for speaking.

Art credits: Image 1 (Elijah) © Aurora Products; background designed by brgfx/Freepik. Image 2 © TFI. Text: Activated magazine.

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