The Bible’s book of 1 Kings includes the story of the prophet Elijah. Chapter 19 recounts the tumultuous episode when he was running for his life from wicked Queen Jezebel and hiding in the wilderness. After a while God led Elijah to go to Mount Horeb. There God told Elijah to leave the cave where he had taken refuge and stand before Him. A strong wind tore into the mountain and broke nearby rocks in pieces; then there was an earthquake; then a fire; then a “still small voice.”1 God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire, but that still small voice was His.
You too can get alone with God to hear His voice and thereby receive His words of love and encouragement, answers to your questions, and solutions to your problems. Here’s how:
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed, preferably for at least 15 minutes. Bring your Bible or some other inspirational reading, and a laptop or a pen and something to write on.
Begin by reading a short passage or two to boost your faith. Then think about a matter that you would like God to speak to you about—a problem or concern or even something that you’re curious about. Sit quietly and listen to what He tells you. Perhaps He’ll remind you of something you have read in His Word. Perhaps He’ll remind you of something you have seen or something someone has said. Or perhaps He’ll give you a message in words or pictures. Whatever comes to your mind, write it down for future reference, and then thank Him for speaking.
When you are first learning to tune in to His voice you may mistake it for your own thoughts, but with practice you will learn to distinguish between the two—especially when He tells you things you never would have thought of yourself.
The following messages were received from Jesus in prayer, as described above. So is the From Jesus with Love message on the back cover of each issue of Activated.
I know all the things that bother you about yourself. I know about the times that you compare yourself to others and think negatively about yourself, when your weaknesses embarrass and discourage you. I know about all these things, and I love you anyway.
When the storms of life blow around you, rest your head upon My shoulder and see how I will care for you.
How do I love you?—I love you unconditionally. I love you completely. I love you eternally. I love you like a father loves his child. I love you like a husband loves his wife. I love you tenderly. I love you perfectly.
11 Kings 19:3–12