Selective Hearing


Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” -1 Samuel 3:10 ESV

If Jesus, in the flesh, was to walk into our prayer closet and say He has a command for us, most of us believe we would fall to the ground and respond as Samuel did. We say that we long to hear from Him. We beg Him to give us a sign. We read and do Bible studies on how to hear His voice; then when He responds, we disregard or disobey His commands as if He has never spoken to us at all. He might as well have remained silent.

God speaks to you continuously through His Word, His creation, and through the people around you. Don’t be so devoted to what you want to hear and your own desires that you can’t hear God’s whisper.

Practice the devotion of listening. Make time each day to get in your quiet place, still your thoughts, and fix the eyes of your heart on Jesus.

Your goal should be to identify so closely with Jesus Christ that you begin recognize His voice immediately, and your response should always be “Speak, for your servant hears.”

Prayer Focus

  • Spend time listening for God to speak to you His desires rather than telling Him your own.
  • Pray for God to remove any desires in your heart that are not from Him.
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