Spiritual Practice


Katie Colson, 19

Sometimes I have trouble discerning whether the voice in my head is one from God or one wrapped up in my own emotions. These practices have helped me to discern God’s voice.

  • Seeking God. Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Coming before God half-heartedly is of little use. I’ve learned to ask myself a basic questions: Am I seeking God out of selfish ambition or to please and glorify God?
  • devozine Bible Reading Guy TS 137299797Poring over scripture. Matthew 4:4 (NRSV) says, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” We can’t survive without God’s word. I pray that God will speak to me through what I read.
  • Being patient. Sometimes, I feel as if God hasn’t heard me or won’t answer; but I know that God does everything in God’s own time. I try not to get discouraged if the Lord doesn’t speak to me immediately.
  • Remembering that God is good. “Every good and perfect gift is from above” (James 1:17a, NIV). A word from God will always be trustworthy and wholesome.

When I am able to discern God’s voice, I am eager to proclaim and to act on what God is saying to me.


5 -SECOND PRAYER: God, teach me to recognize your voice. Amen.

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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