I encouraged you yesterday to ask the Holy Spirit each day to speak to you through the Word of God, and in doing so, you will develop the spiritual muscles to listen to what He has to say. To develop these muscles you have to do the work. Here’s what the work is: Memorizing scripture. You can begin memorizing scripture and saying them out loud at home. I tell people a great one to begin with is Psalm 23, or The Lord’s Prayer, as found in Matthew Chapter 6. You can say the scriptures out loud while you’re waiting for the bus, having coffee, or at the DMV. You will see that the scriptures will start to get ingrained in your thoughts. Your mind will be transformed into what I call a Biblical mind; you’ll just begin to think biblically!
As you memorize scripture, also speak with a quiet heart, saying, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” This is actually an ancient prayer, according to 1 Samuel Chapter 3. In response to your request, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening,” the Lord will speak to you. Are you aware that God doesn’t speak English when He speaks? It is not English or Hebrew, and it’s not any of the many languages we think of. God’s language is knowledge. I would describe it as a moment of intuitive understanding or an insight that comes to you suddenly.
Friend, as soon as God speaks to you, it is like an epiphany and it leaves a mark on your heart that you cannot forget. Putting in the effort like studying your Bible and listening to God will be rewarded with encouragement and hope.