How To Talk To God And Hear Him
Do you want to know how you can reconnect with God? This is the first article in my series How To Reconnect With God. I’ll be showing you How To Talk To God And Hear Him. Have you been feeling distant from God?
Do you want to reconnect with Him? These steps that I’m going to give to you will be a starting point to get your relationship with God back on track.
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Why Do I Feel Distant From God?
There can be many reasons why you feel distant from God. It could be that you’re feeling far from God because of sin, guilt, disobedience, not feeling worthy, lack of trust, or you’re too busy. Those are a few of the reasons that I think are typical.
When there is sin in your life, the enemy uses it to make you feel guilty and unworthy. You can see how many of these reasons are connected. Maybe there was something that the Lord told you to do and you still haven’t done it. Did He give you an instruction and you have just been putting it off and planning to do it later and never got to it?
Perhaps you’re just too busy…or so you think. It’s so easy for life to get in the way, you have kids, a job, and other household duties. Maybe you have aging parents that you need to take care of. There are so many things in our lives that can cause us to drift away from God and not make our relationship a priority.
But here is the good news! You can reconnect with God; you can develop levels of intimacy with God.
I know how it feels, I was there. There were times in my life when I felt that I had no relationship with God because I wasn’t making time for Him. I didn’t say there was just 1 time, in the past, this happened to me numerous times. I would realize that I wasn’t where I should be and I would say, okay I am going to get back to where I should be. Then I would slack off again.
I had many excuses, the kids, my job, I’m tired. I remember when I use to travel 2 hours to work and 2 hours home from work. I had to wake up at 4 am to get to work at 7 am, then when I left at 3 pm I wouldn’t get home until after 5.
Once I got home, I was exhausted, but I had other responsibilities. My husband was working the night shift and our life seemed so crazy, that I couldn’t find time in my day to spend with God.
And I thought that this was an excuse, but maybe if I had found time, I wouldn’t have felt so overwhelmed because I would have received peace from the Lord.
Restoring Your Relationship With God
I was listening to a preacher one evening and he said that we need to make God a priority. God must see that we value Him and that He is important to us. So, I decided that I was going to spend time with the Lord no matter what.
I started by waking up half-hour earlier each morning yes, 3:30 am to pray, but I soon realized that it didn’t work for me because I was falling asleep while praying. So, do you know what I did? I decided to go to God and ask him for help because I realized that I could talk to God about everything.
I said, “Lord I want to spend time with you, but how can I do this when I feel like there is no time in my day?” Do you know what happened? God began to show me time that I didn’t know I had.
I was spending so much time traveling back and forth to work that was a perfect time to read the Bible and meditate on the Word of God.
After I put the kids to sleep, I could spend half an hour in prayer and that worked for me, I was able to start rebuilding my relationship with God.
There isn’t a specific formula that works for everyone, your schedule is different, and we all have different responsibilities so start by talking to Jesus and asking Him to help you.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
How To Talk To God Through Prayer
So how do you talk to Lord? Have a conversation with Him the same way you would if you were talking to a loved one.
How Can I Communicate With God Directly?
Start by repenting. Tell Him that you’re sorry that you allowed the cares of life to cause you to drift away from Him.
I promise you He won’t turn you away. I know you may feel that it’s been so long God must be mad at me, He probably doesn’t want to hear from me. That is deception from the enemy, God longs to hear from you, He longs to have an intimate relationship with you…Talk to God.
I know that we have all heard this verse before:
16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
Have you really thought about it? The desire that God has for us, that He would send His only Son to die for us so that we could be part of His family? Does that sound like he doesn’t want a relationship with you? Not to me…it sounds like you are so important to Him that He gave up His own Son so that you could become an adopted child of God.
Don’t let the enemy deceive you into thinking that you have gone too far and that you can’t come back and reconnect with God. You can and God wants you to.
Spend Time With God
Ok so now you have repented and decided that you are going to start connecting with God again, you need to set a dedicated time during your day to spend with Him. Make it a daily appointment on your calendar that you cannot miss. Try to set up a specific time during the day when you know that you can have uninterrupted time with the Lord.
It might sound a little weird to schedule time with God, but it worked for me. I no longer work that job where I had to wake up early, I now work from home. So, every morning I wake up at 7 am before everyone in the house wakes up and I spend time with God.
My alarm goes off at 6:55 and at 7 I get up and go to a room alone so that I can spend time with God. Please let me tell you that it doesn’t mean that I jump out of bed every morning excited and ready to go…no. There are days when I don’t want to get up, but we can’t go by feelings, cause if we did nothing would get done.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
I recite this verse to myself sometimes, because as the verse says that the flesh fights against the spirit. I’m saying this to encourage someone that thinks that they are not good enough because they feel like they have to force themselves to read the Bible or to pray.
No, you are good enough, this verse was written by Paul, and he understood the fight between the spirit and the flesh.
The fact that you push yourself to do what you don’t feel like doing because you know it’s the right thing to do, should tell you that you are on the right track.
How Do You Know When God Is Speaking To You?
I have never heard God’s voice…I have never heard an audible voice from God. So, you are probably wondering now, ok so what do you mean when you say to listen for God’s voice? It’s more of a voice you hear in your spirit or your heart. God also speaks to us through the Bible.
We need to be able to know when it is God speaking to us and that comes with building your relationship with Him. As you get closer to God you will be able to tell the difference if it is God speaking to you. I heard it explained like this and I thought it was a great way to help you understand.
As you get closer to God, you begin to know who He is, you begin to understand His ways like Moses did.
He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel.
Moses knew God, but Israel, only knew of the miracles He did but they never took the time to get to know Him.
Ok so let me continue with the explanation. As you develop a closer intimate relationship with God and study the Bible, you will start to know when something is His will even if it isn’t written in black and white in the Bible. Because you know His character you start to learn if He would approve of certain things or if it goes against who He is.
Let’s use a mother, for example, I know my mom and I know her personality and the type of person she is because over the years I have had a relationship with her and have gotten to know her. So, I know what she would approve of and what she would not approve of, because I know her character.
If someone that sounded the same as my mom said something to me, but it was out of character, I would immediately know that it wasn’t her because I know her and what was said does not line up with her character.
That is the same with your relationship with God, as you get to know Him, you will be able to tell if it’s God speaking to you. Does it line up with His character? Does it line up with Bible principles? That will help you to know His voice.
Hearing The Voice Of God Scripture
But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”
I pray this was helpful and that you see you can Reconnect With God no matter how far you feel that you have strayed. He is a wonderful and loving Father waiting with outstretched hands for you to return to Him.
Do you now see that you can always come back to God no matter how far you have strayed?
Prayer For Salvation
Jesus come into my heart. I turn my back on sin and I repent, and I trust in you. I confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I accept by faith the free gift of salvation in Jesus’ name Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, then you are saved, congratulations and welcome to the family of God. I will give you the advice that my pastor gave to us…pray, you need to pray which is talking to God, that is how you build your relationship with Him.
He loves you and cares about everything that concerns you. Read your Bible every day, find a Bible-believing church and attend, and last tell someone that you are saved.
I pray that the Lord would give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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