HearingGodWhat do you do when a face or a name pops in your head? Do you dismiss it, or do you ask God how you can pray for this person? It may sound silly, but I believe God is constantly speaking to us and pulling us outside of ourselves into relationships with others. One way is through our thoughts: God places different people in our thoughts that he wants us to connect with.

Sometimes all the connection we will make is in the spiritual, by praying for them.

It’s early Monday morning, and I awaken with a friend on my heart. As I begin to pray, I feel a deep burden for them and hear a specific scripture in my heart. I begin to pray that scripture over my friend and the peace begins to come in my heart. God prompts me to share this scripture with them so I write a quick text: “Thinking of you this morning, this scripture is on my heart for you…praying God’s abundant grace and peace over you today.” I think sometimes we complicate God. He speaks; we just need to learn to discern.

I love the way God speaks! It comes in different forms, but I find that God speaks primarily in 3 ways: through His written Word (the Bible), through others, and directly to us. All are important and all come through relationship. Our God is a relational God. The Bible says the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Jesus Christ is the Word of God in the flesh, and by his coming to the earth, he created a way for us to have a relationship with the living, breathing Word of God, and hear him speak directly to us—because now we can have an intimate relationship with him.

Hearing God is a matter of the heart, a positioning of one’s self. A hard heart can’t hear God clearly. Unless there are holes or cracks, nothing can get in or out. God wants to speak to us. He is looking for people who have a desire to hear him, to receive what he has to say, and to act on it. Hear me, this is not about more work you can do to hear God better. It is about a relationship. God wants to be pursued, and he speaks to those who eagerly pursue him. He is constantly pursuing us and drawing us to Him. When we turn and do the same, our hearts become open to hear Him. He says you will find him when you seek him with all of your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).

This post was written by Tissie Beasley. To read more about her, click here. Stay tuned for Part 2 later this month!