Hearing God – Session Four
Hearing God – Session Four
In this session we look at the different ways we can hear God with the help of Elisa Morgan.

In this session we look at the different ways we can hear God. Amy Boucher Pye interviews Elisa Morgan about her experiences.

Elisa Morgan was named by Christianity Today as one of the top 50 women influencing today’s church and culture, and is a sought-after author, speaker and leader. She has authored over 25 books on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism, including her latest, You Are Not Alone. She co-hosts the Discover the Word and God Hears Her podcasts.

Bible Passage – Matthew 11:25–29 (NIV)

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.  “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Interview with Elisa Morgan


The good news is that God speaks to us today as much as he ever has! He’s so interested in our lives. We hear from God in many ways:

We need wisdom to know when God is speaking. One indicator that we’re hearing God is when our impression reflects God’s character. If we try to put God in a box of our finite understanding, then perhaps we have not heard from God. Also, if what we hear would make us act out of line with God’s character (such as telling a lie, being deceptive or hiding something), or is contrary to what Scripture says, then we have not heard from God.

From the Book

As we read in chapter four of 7 Ways to Pray:

Those who write about listening prayer and guidance suggest we test out what we hear from God with three helps: Scripture, impressions of the Holy Spirit and circumstances. Dallas Willard adds our own judgement to the list, saying that sometimes God leaves it up to us to decide.

We start to recognize the still, small voice with its gentleness but also its weight and authority. God’s whispers speak right to our hearts if we open ourselves to hear him. His voice is unobtrusive, never overpowering. Of course, although God is infallible, we are not, and we should put on a robe of humility as we listen. We might hear God but fail to understand him correctly. Again, Dallas Willard: ‘The infallibility of the messenger and the message does not guarantee the infallibility of our reception. Humility is always in order.’

Discussion and Questions

  1. How do you hear from God?
  2. Give an example of a ‘just so happened’ moment when you heard God.
  3. What distractions can stop us from listening to God?
  4. How do we know it is God speaking? Discuss Teresa of Avila’s pointers for discernment (page 83 and following).

Time to Pray

Engage with the prayer practice, “Hearing God with Others”, starting on page 76. Depending on the size of the group and how long your session is, you may need to break into smaller groups so that each person has an opportunity to receive. Note especially the recommendation towards the end of page 78 not to offer an interpretation.

Personal Reflection

This week, practise hearing God. Switch off from your device and lose the distractions of life to listen to God.