This post is part of A Biblical Foundation to Hear God’s Voice series. See the links at the end for the whole series.
Have you ever been desperate to hear God’s voice? You know, when it’s like you have to hear from God—now! And clearly!
I don’t know about you, but I’m usually desperate to hear God’s voice when I’m seeking direction for my life for a time related or important decision. We cannot discount the power of prayer during those times. I sure don’t want to miss Him or be deceived.
The following is a sampling of what I do to build my faith and talk to God concerning His will for my life. I put Scriptures before me that remind me He is leading me. I pray what the verse says, which is under each verse below. You can’t go wrong when you’re praying the Word.
I invite you to pray the following verses over yourself and the declarations after them. It will cause you to believe what is true, and what you believe will take you to your destiny. Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17). When we pray the Word, it causes our mind and heart to line up with what is true.
When we pray the Word, it causes our mind and heart to line up with what is true.
When we seek God, we see God. We don’t see His physical form, but we see Him at work and can start to see more of what He sees. —Lysa TerKeurst
7 Prayers to Pray When You’re Desperate to Hear God’s Voice
#1 from John 16
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13 NASB
The Spirit of Truth guides me into all truth and only truth. Thank You for speaking to me.
#2 from John 10
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers. John 10:3-5 NASB
You are my Shepherd; I am Your sheep. Lord, I clearly hear, know and follow Your voice; I flee from the voice of the stranger. I take You at Your Word.
#3 from Psalm 16
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11 NLT
Father, You have promised to show me the path of my life. I thank You that You are at my side!
#4 from James 1
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NASB
I need Your wisdom, Father. You promised to give me an abundance of wisdom if I only ask, and I’m asking now.
#5 from Matthew 7
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 NASB
I’m going to ask, seek and knock, Father. I’m asking and seeking You now, knocking on Your door. And You said I will receive, I will find and the door will be opened. Lord, open the doors that pertain to Your will for my life and shut any others.
#6 from Psalm 25
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. Psalm 25:9 ESV
Father, I humble myself before You. You said You lead and teach the humble. Let that be me. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
#7 from Proverbs 3
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
I trust You, Lord, with all that is in me. I’m not even going to worry about those things I don’t understand. You are directing my path as I acknowledge You.
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A Must-Do When You’re Desperate to Hear God’s Voice
There’s just one more thing you must do when you’re desperate to hear God’s voice. And try not to tune me out when you find out what it is.
Replace that desperation with deep trust in Him. I know, I know. It’s easier to say it than do it, but praying that aloud will help you to make it into reality. It’s so important to release it all to Him because otherwise, when we want something so desperately, we will hear only what we want to hear!
(Read that last sentence again.)
That’s our tricky heart that can get in the way, but it’s times like that I try to remember to seek His face and not His hand. That means I’m going to seek Him—discover His character and truth—and not just an answer to my needs.
And when we’re in His presence, it’s time to stop and listen. Sometimes He will speak to us immediately, other times He will have us wait. Until we hear His voice, we can find peace in knowing He is working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).
What would you like to hear God about? What scriptures do you like to pray when you’re desperate to hear God’s voice?
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