Those who truly know God have learned how to recognize his voice above all others. He wants you to be convinced that he desires to talk to you and tell you things you’ve never heard before.

The Lord recently showed me that I was still wavering about hearing his voice. Oh, I know that he speaks, but I doubted my ability to hear him. I kept “checking” the voice I heard, and when it seemed too mysterious, I thought, “This can’t be God. Besides, the devil and lying spirits and the flesh speak, too. Voices come at us all the time. How can I know it’s him?”

I believe three things are required of those who would hear God’s voice:

1. An unshakable confidence that God wants to speak to you and wants you to know his voice. What he tells you will never go beyond the boundaries of scripture, and you don’t need a Ph.D. to recognize his voice. You only need a heart that says, “I believe God desires to talk to me.”

2. Quality time and quietness. We must shut ourselves in with God and let all other voices hush away. True, God speaks to us all day long. But whenever he has wanted to build something into my life, his voice has come only after I have shut out every other voice but his.

3. Ask in faith. We do not obtain anything from God unless we truly believe that he can convey his mind and will to us.

Jesus says, “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?” (Luke 11:11-12 NKJV). If you ask your heavenly Father for a word—a clear direction, a godly correction, a particular need—do you think for a moment he would let the devil come and deceive you?

God is not a tease. He will not allow the devil to deceive you. When God speaks, peace follows, and Satan cannot counterfeit that peace. If you are in a place of quiet and rest, you have an assurance that never changes. You can go back to God a thousand times, and you will receive the same word every time. Trust in him!