Do you want to hear God’s voice more clearly in your life? We are in a time and season where God is speaking to us through prophetic words, dreams and visions. The main purpose for the prophetic and hearing God can be found in this Bible verse: ”I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17 NIV.
Hearing God’s voice is by far the most important part of your prayer & fellowship time with Him. You cannot have an intimate and wonderful fellowship with God without learning to hear God’s voice and intimately communicate with Him. In this article we will review the various things that are hindrances to hear God’s voice. These hindrances to hear God’s voice are also hindrances to our intimacy with God.
Here are some of the Reasons signs you are not hearing from God.
1 Doubt and unbelief.
These could very well be the reason why many people are not hearing God clearly. An example of this can be found in Matthew 13:58 where Jesus was not able to do many miracles due to the unbelief of the people in the place he was ministering. It is possible to believe that God still speaks to us today, but you may doubt that He wants to speak to you.
Solution: Get bold and ask God to speak to you and if you already hear Him, then ask for more.
2 Trying to understand God logically.
Faith requires us to believe things that we might not currently see (Hebrews 11:1). If we get too logical then we can miss the deeper things of God. We do not have to explain everything as the supernatural side of God cannot always be explained.
Solution: If you tend to be a logical person then ask God to give you a sign that you will know something is from Him.
3 YOU REJECT THE PERSON OR CIRCUMSTANCES THAT GOD IS USING TO SPEAK.
God mainly speak through His word. At times God will speak into our hearts during our prayer and quiet time with Him. If you think God is speaking into your heart, it should always agree with or match what you are seeing in God’s word.
God will usually use people or circumstances to confirm what He is saying through His word. You need to pay attention to the person speaking or the circumstances, if they match up with what God is speaking through His word.
4 Reading the Bible in a Rote Way Rather than a Relational Way Will Cause You to Miss God Speaking to You.
You can’t say God is not speaking to you when your Bible is closed. God speaks to his people in countless ways, but the primary way that God always speaks to his people is through the Scriptures.While not reading the Bible is an obvious sign we are missing God’s words to us, just reading it is not enough. It’s very easy for us Christians to start our relationship with God through personally connecting with him but to then slip into religious practices and duties.
True Christian discipline is not when we forsake our desires; rather, it’s when we dutifully practice wise spiritual disciplines as a way of arousing our spiritual desires. In other words, you certainly will not always want to read your Bible, which is where discipline comes in, but once you start reading it the goal must be to move beyond duty and move into personally connecting with God.
God’s word is not just an instruction manual for life. Rather, it is more of a love letter from God to you. When you read your Bible with the motive of hearing what the Holy Spirit is specifically saying to you through the passage you are reading, you will hear from God far more often than if you just read in a rote or rhythmic way to just check that box for the day. As Psalm 119:111-112 states: Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.”
5 Allowing Your Prayer Life to Become Full of Platitudes Rather than Passionate Pleas and Praises Will Cause You to Miss God Speaking to You.
Just as our Bible reading time can slip into a religious duty, the same is true of when it comes to our prayers. One sign you are slipping into this type of prayer time is when you find yourself repeating the same phrases over and over again all the time. I am not saying that all memorized prayers or prayers that you repeat daily are bad. In fact, I believe corporate prayer is biblical and memorized prayers can be very helpful as long as the heart is engaged when you are praying this way.
But when we pray, if we find ourselves saying little phrases over and over again rather than meaningful prayers, this is when we can start to miss the voice of God. A platitude is defined as, “a plane, dry, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound. Synonym: cliché. Examples: ‘Everything happens for a reason.’ ‘Be a team player’ ‘God works in mysterious ways.’”
We all say this stuff from time to time and I’m not saying that is bad. But when our prayers become full of platitudes rather than earnest pleas and praises from the heart, this is a sign we are missing God in our prayers .