3 Things To Do When You Can't Hear From God
Have you ever been in a season where it seems like no matter how much, loud, or hard you pray, you just can’t seem to hear from God?
You’re not alone.
We have all been there before, including me. It’s uncomfortable and it honestly hurts. You cry out, and you hear nothing. You pray and instead of getting peace, you get frustration. And then you wonder, did I do something wrong? Or maybe you’ve even thought:
Has God forgotten me?
Trust me, God has not forgotten you. This season of your life is just a quiet season. And hear me when I say a quiet season is not a forgotten season.
I pray these steps help you draw closer to God and that your ears and heart will be open to what He wants to plant inside.
1. Repent. Paul tells us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39). But when we sin, it grieves (or upsets) the holy spirit (1 John 1:9). Even though sin doesn’t separate us from God, it will put a strain on your relationship with Him. Have you done anything lately that may not have been Christ-like? Confess your sins and believe that He will forgive you and make you new again.
2. Remove any distractions. Matthew 6:6 instructs us that when pray, we should go away by ourselves and shut the door and pray to our Father in private. This verse tells us to not only pray in a quiet room, but also to be free from distractions in life. What are you focused on? Is there a person or thing in your life that is receiving more attention than God? Take a moment to list what gets your attention on a normal day. Organize your list by how much attention each person or item gets. Now think about what you can remove from the list completely, and how you can re-prioritize.
3. Get a prayer partner. Find someone in your church or community that you trust to pray with you. Tell them your frustrations and what areas of your life you are waiting to hear from God about.
Remember to keep track of your prayers and how God answers them. And no matter what, pray without ceasing. God has not forgotten you.