A letter to a friend:

(P.S.at the beginning: My words are NOT the inspired words of God, duh lol. So if they are confusing or I don't make sense, please disregard them and just check out the Bible verses attached.)

Let me first say that I can have empathy for your struggles with understanding the will of God, at times it can be both an illusive, and discouraging thing to seek. Nonetheless we should seek it.

Something that has been most helpful to me is understanding that when my will aligns with God's will, my prayers will most assuredly be answered. (1 John 5:14-15). I think we see a clear example of our prayers not being answered with a 'Yes' when Jesus is praying in Gethsemane asking if it be possible that God take this cup from him (a request for something Jesus wants), but his deepest desire is , "Nevertheless, not as i will, but as you will." (Matt 26:39).

Practically - I hear from God by the sense of peace that my spirit gets when I am abiding in Christ. For me to do this, it is EXTREMELY important to be reading Bible. The reason is because the Bible are the very words of God, and if we aren't listening to them (reading), then we are inherently listening to the words of something else. It is also extremely important to continue in prayer. The Bible along with the Holy Spirit convict me of where I do not line up with God's will, and prayer is were I relationally talk to and ask for things from my Father. They are two sides of the same coin, they don't work without each other.

With these two foundations, the best way I can describe hearing God's voice is by being completely at peace and content with the Lord's will, and seeing how it is playing out. This practically looks like when I make major decisions, or even am considering undertaking something, what God wants me to do is the one I feel most at peace about. This DOES NOT mean it is the easiest, or most comfortable decision, but it is the decision that I feel most at peace with. (I'd be happy to provide you with real examples from my life if you're interested). But even things like being a community group leader, I didn't feel at peace about doing it until this year. When that peace came to me, I knew it was time to step up to the plate so to speak. It hasn't been easy, or without pain, or pressure, but it has been above all peaceful.

I hope that my words help, if not read the bible verses I've attached, and definitely seek out the spiritual authorities in your life.

(P.s. God is faithful, even when we are faithless. He's got you covered, you just can't see it yet)

1 Peter 5: 6 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

1 John 5:13 I write f these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that i if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

Mathew 6: 25-34 " 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Philippians 4:6-7 "6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."