“A young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, ‘Moses, my lord, stop them!’ But Moses replied, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!’” Numbers 11:27–29
“I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” Joel 2:28–29
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.” 1 Corinthians 14:1–5
“The heart and soul of the Christian life is learning to hear God’s voice, and developing the courage to what he tell us to do.” Sara Dormon
"Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts…God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer." Mother Teresa
Start each morning asking God if he has anything to say about the day ahead. Write down anything that feels significant and pop it in your pocket.
Each day ask God to speak to you about one person, send them a message or give them a call with the prophetic word.
Have a go at ‘Treasure Hunting.’ Ask God to speak to you about someone you are going to come into contact with today, followed by clues (clothing, physical features, location) so you can find them. Look out for them during the day and if you find them give them the prophetic word. Tip: It helps to have a phrase ready for when you meet them. Something like, “Hello, you might think I am totally crazy but I am a Christian, I believe God really loves you and I think He might have given me something to share with you…”
Learning to hear God’s voice is like any other skill, it takes time and practice. Do not give up if at first you feel clumsy with it. Even people who have been doing this for years still get nervous because rarely are we 100% we are right. It always requires a risky faith.
There are many ways God speaks to people, very rarely is God’s voice audible which is what may people are waiting for. It might be a word or phrase jumps out to you as you read the bible, listen to someone or as you go about your day. Occasionally, it is thought or word which pops into your mind. People also get pictures, which come to us in the same way we mentally visualise. God speaks through dreams.
Trust God’s ability to speak to you. He knows you very well and will know the best way to communicate with you. For example, people who love music often hear God’s voice through lyrics, and visual people tend to get pictures. Sometimes hearing his voice is so natural, we dismiss it because we can’t believe it will be that easy.
If you really want to hear God’s voice, read the Bible. He has spoken and continues to speak through this Spirit-inspired book. Nothing He says will contradict what has already been revealed.
Watch this space!