Discover a Vital Key To Hearing God Every Day

Daily Effective Prayer Newsletter Issue 179.


Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. - Proverbs 27:17

I remember a particular day when I wanted to get out of the house and go do something, but I felt the Lord nudging me to take a few minutes and just wait on Him. 

So, I waited for a bit but then made my way over to put my shoes on.

The Lord gently corrected me, saying, “I didn’t tell you to put your shoes on. I told you to wait on Me.” 

My urge to stay active isn't unusual. 

Most of us struggle with being still and waiting, whether it’s on someone, something, or even God.

After I settled down and waited for a while, the Lord started speaking to me about something unexpected.

He led me to several scriptures, turning my moment of waiting on Him into an important time of teaching me something I had asked Him about earlier that year.

God has a reason for everything He does, and I believe His timing is perfect.

He wanted me to pay close attention to what He was revealing in His Word in that moment of being still, much more than leaving the house.

One reason I knew for sure that God was speaking to me and that it wasn’t just my own thoughts came down to the peace I felt in my heart.

It resonated deeply within me. 

My spirit confirmed it as a message from the Lord, and it aligned perfectly with God’s Word.

There have been other times when I’ve waited on God and recognized several thoughts cross my mind that I intuitively knew weren’t His. 

One way we must get to know God is through His Word in order to safely discern when He’s speaking to us and when He isn’t. 

What He says will always align with the scriptures.

This is a vital key to hearing God every day.

We must spend time in His Word even more so that we can recognize His voice unmistakably.

I remember another time when my family got hit with some challenging news about a family member’s health. 

Doctors had given us a diagnosis that left us with no option but to be anxious or trust God for a miracle

I wanted to jump into action, research every possible treatment, and make plans

But I felt God urging me to be still and wait on Him.

So, I found a quiet spot, sat down, and prayed. 

I asked God for clarity and peace

It wasn’t easy to sit still when my mind and heart were racing, but I waited. 

As I sat there, the Lord brought Psalm 46:10 to my mind: “Be still, and know that I am God.” 

It was as if He was whispering directly to my heart.

I opened my Bible and started reading that specific psalm and other scriptures that I needed in that moment. 

The words washed over me, calming my heart and mind and pushing out anxiety and fear.

I felt God’s presence so strongly, reassuring me that He was in control. 

The peace that followed was profound

I knew without a doubt that God was speaking to me, telling me to trust Him with my loved one’s health.

Over the next few weeks, as we navigated doctor’s appointments, I held on to that peace. 

Every time I felt worry creeping back in, I reminded myself of God’s promise and His call to be still and trust Him. 

Miraculously, my family member’s health began to improve in ways that baffled the doctors. 

It was a powerful reminder that God’s voice, when we take the time to listen, brings peace and direction that surpasses our understanding.

So, in those moments of waiting, when you’re tempted to take matters into your own hands, remember to be still. 

Let God’s Word anchor you, and listen for His voice.

You'll know it's Him because what He says will line up with His Word.

It's one way to authenticate the message.

He’s always speaking, ready to guide you with His perfect wisdom through every situation.

If this resonates with you, here's a short prayer you can say today:

"Heavenly Father, thank You for Your constant love and guiding hand. As I navigate life's storms, help me to be still and listen to Your voice like a sailor tuning into a lighthouse beacon. Fill my heart with peace that surpasses understanding, and grant me the discernment to recognize Your voice amid the noise because it will line up with Your Word. Teach me to trust in Your timing and purpose even more, knowing that Your plans are always for my good. Amen."

God bless you and Happy Father's Day! 

Your brother in Christ,


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1. What examples from the Bible illustrate how God speaks to His people, and how can one apply these lessons today?

The Bible is full of stories where God speaks to His people in various ways—think of Moses at the burning bush, Elijah hearing the still small voice, and Paul’s Damascus road encounter. These stories teach us that God speaks in different ways: through nature, a quiet whisper, or even a dramatic event. To apply these lessons today, we need to be open and attentive, like tuning into a radio frequency. Sometimes, it’s through a passage in the Bible, a word from a friend, or a nudge in our spirit. The key is to be ready and willing to listen in whatever way He chooses to communicate, always remembering that when He speaks it is in alignment with His Word.

2. How can one distinguish between God's voice and their own thoughts or external influences?

Distinguishing God's voice from our own thoughts or external influences can be tricky, but it comes down to familiarity. Just like a sheep recognizes the shepherd’s voice, we grow more attuned to God’s voice by spending time in His Word and presence. God’s voice brings peace, aligns with Scripture, and sometimes challenges us to step out in faith. When we’re unsure, it helps to seek wise counsel and pray for discernment. If it contradicts God’s Word or leaves us unsettled, it’s likely not from Him.

3. In what ways does studying Scripture help in recognizing and understanding God's voice?

Studying Scripture is like tuning our hearts to God’s frequency. The Bible is God’s written voice, and the more we immerse ourselves in it, the more we recognize His tone, character, and ways. It’s like learning a language. The more we practice, the more fluent we become. When we’re familiar with Scripture, we can more easily discern when God is speaking because His voice will never contradict His Word. It’s our anchor, keeping us grounded and aligned with His truth. Hallelujah!

4. What role does prayer and quiet time play in developing the ability to hear and discern God's voice?

Prayer and quiet time are crucial—they’re like charging our spiritual batteries. In the busyness of life, it’s easy to miss God’s still, small voice, but when we set aside time to be still and connect with Him, we become more sensitive to His voice. Think of it as tuning out the noise to hear a gentle whisper. Prayer isn’t just talking to God, it’s also listening. When we regularly carve out these moments, we create space for God to speak and for us to discern His guidance more clearly.

5. How can we cultivate a heart and mind that are sensitive and receptive to hearing God's voice in our daily lives?

Cultivating a heart and mind sensitive to God’s voice requires intentionality, like tending a garden. We need to pull out the weeds of doubt and distraction and water our spirits with God’s Word and prayer. Keeping a journal of what we feel God is saying can help us see patterns and confirmations over time. It’s also about staying humble and teachable, ready to follow His lead even when it’s uncomfortable.

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