For many Christians, the idea of hearing from God is very foreign. Christians have no problem petitioning God, expecting Him to hear them. What they have difficulty with is believing that they hear from Him. Unfortunately, for many Christians, hearing from God has been reduced to getting an insight from the Bible. For some, the thought of God directly speaking to us individually is scary because of all of the “kooks” who have claimed to hear from God, but had obviously heard from another source.
Hearing from God personally is scriptural. For example, Moses had a conversation with God at the burning bush in which God gave him specific instructions to deliver the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt. (See Exodus 3.) Gideon gained confidence to take on the Midianites when the Angel of the Lord called out his true identity and gave him the confirmation through a “fleece” to accomplish his destiny. (See Judges 6: 11-40.) Paul heard Jesus’ voice on the road to Damascus, as mentioned earlier, and Peter had Jesus instruct him regarding the “clean and unclean” animals in Acts chapter 10. In John 16: 13, Jesus promised that: ...
When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to Me by taking from what is Mine and making it known to you.
The Holy Spirit has been given to us to communicate the plans and desires of the Father. The Holy Spirit does this through visions, dreams, prophetic words, words of wisdom, and words of knowledge (see 1 Cor. 12).
It is easy to hear from God. Take Samuel in the temple. He heard from God even though he did not know it was God. Three times he went to Eli, the High Priest, thinking it was he who had called. In 2 Samuel 3: 7, we are told that “the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.” Finally, Eli instructed Samuel how to respond to the voice of the Lord, and when God spoke to him the next time, Samuel was able to discern God’s voice.