Preparing to Hear God’s Voice

Jesus died on the Cross not just to forgive our sins, but ultimately to grant us eternal life (See John 3:16; 10:10). It is impossible to have eternal life apart from a personal relationship with the Son. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
gloryJust as everlasting life is eternal communion with God, the antithesis, everlasting death, is perpetual estrangement or separation from the Lord. What makes hell terribly dreadful is that one is shut out from the presence of the Lord forever. “…In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).
In a relationship, communication is essential. Some Christians are very reluctant to believe that God desires to talk to His children. In the Garden of Eden the Lord walked with Adam and Eve and spoke with them (Genesis 3:8-11). Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). Intimacy with God was the most valuable treasure that was forfeited as a result of the sin and disobedience of the man and his wife.
Now that we have been saved, we are reconciled to God so that we can experience intimate communion with Him. This naturally includes hearing Christ’s voice. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice…” (John 10:27). It also involves as seeing God with our spiritual eyes. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me” (John 14:19).” The prophetic in its simplest form is repeating what one has heard and seen from the Holy Spirit.
God wants each one of His children to hear from Him and to prophesy. Paul said it this way, “For you can all prophesy one by one…” (1 Cor. 14:31). Moses said, “Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!” (Num. 11:29).
Sometimes the reason is simply so we can personally know what to do in a situation. David inquired of the Lord for counsel and the Lord answered him in clear unmistakable terms. “So David inquired of the LORD, saying, ‘Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?’ And He answered him, ‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all’ (1 Samuel 30:8).
Sometimes it is for the sake of others that we need to hear God’s counsel. Such was the case of Joseph in Egypt. He heard from God and implemented a plan to preserve the nation of Egypt and even his father’s house during a time of severe drought and famine (Cf. Genesis 41:25-36; 45:7).
Prophetic Training Manual
As important as speaking in tongues is for the believer’s edification, let us not stop there. The Lord has so much more for us! He has promised an open heaven experience for us that permits us to receive revelation from Him through dreams, visions and more! “‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy’” (Acts 2:17 – 18).