For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. – Mark 4:25
Morning after morning, day after day I hear Him speak. It is as wonderful now as it was when I first heard Him. Has it always been easy to hear Him so clearly? No. At times I thought I was losing my mind. I’d never heard of anyone else hearing from Him like that. Well, except the weirdoes who killed their children and said God told them to (and of course that was not God). Yes, I had heard of prayer, but nothing excited me about the kind of prayer I knew of. That kind of prayer consisted of someone telling God over and over the things that they needed from Him with silence as an answer. It was more like begging if you ask me. Am I saying we shouldn’t ask God for things, or ask Him more than once? Absolutely not! I’m talking about a mindset here. A monologue mindset where we do all of the talking and never consider His perspective. A place where we pace around, worry out loud and call it prayer. Never giving Him a chance to speak to us.
When I first started hearing God, the things I would ask Him were always about my future and stuff I needed. My motivation wasn’t to get to know Him really. I only wanted to know about my destiny, and for the love of God, when I’d get there. He would always oblige me though. I guess He’d take what He could get from me at the time. If I was coming to Him out of selfish motives, He’d take me at that and love me anyway.
Our talks have since gotten so much deeper. My desire in hearing Him is less about needing to know what will happen in my future, and more about composing myself in the godly character a life sold out to Him demands. And that comes from sitting in His presence day after day and staying in it as best I can while living in the real world. My questions have changed from “when will this happen?” to “how do you want me to handle this situation because I just want to poke their eyes out?” Don’t be shocked. You know we have all wanted to poke someone’s eyes out a time or two, some of us more than others. Maybe that’s why God has spent so much time with me…I needed more work than the rest of you guys. Just kidding, (kinda).
Learning to hear God is a journey that only time will make you an expert in. No one expects a baby to come out of the womb walking and talking. We learn by experience. Each day that we spend with Him, we grow in our ability to hear and understand Him. We have our whole lives to get to know Him and His ways. In addition to spending quality time with Him, another key to hearing more from Him is believing what He says. That’s what I’ve done. I believed Him no matter what. I believed all of the outlandish-I-can’t-see-how-this-could-ever-work times He has spoken. The more He spoke, the more I believed and the more I believed the more He spoke and well, you get the picture.
So don’t worry about getting every detail right at first. You are going to make mistakes in the beginning. What God means when He speaks may be different than what you think initially. Give God time and room to expand your understanding. It’s okay if you miss it a little. Stay on the horse and stay the course. You will get better at understanding Him. Don’t give up, it gets easier. It’s worth it I promise.
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
Spend the next 20 to 30 minutes talking to God. I’ve included an audio track to help get your conversation started. Play the track and continue in prayer after it’s finished. Remember to write down today’s scripture and anything you feel God is speaking in your journal.
Over the next week, study the following passages and continue to have your daily Koffee with the King. Continue to ask Him questions to get to know Him better.
Day 2: Read and meditate on Matthew 25:28-30
Day 3: Read and mediate on Luke 19:26
Day 4: Read and mediate on Luke 12:47-49
Day 5: Read and mediate on Matthew 13:11-13