Every person who receives the free gift of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, is also given the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, to reside within their heart, as comforter, teacher, and guide. Next to salvation itself there is nothing more critical than developing a conversational relationship with the Spirit of God within. I very much believe in prayer, but prayer seems to imply to many that I am doing all the talking. Listening to God is much more important than talking to Him at times. He needs no information from us, but our very lives will depend upon receiving information from Him. This is why I prefer the term conversation.
Scripture is absolute truth; however, it cannot answer the specific personal questions that will likely address life or death situations such as, “Should we fight, flee, or surrender?” Each of these answers are at times the right answer, depending upon the circumstance. We can see examples in Scripture of God leading people to fight, flee, and surrender.
“Should we turn left, or right?” Even when we discern God leading us to go here or there for some purpose, the journey itself to get there can be dangerous or filled with opportunity. Staying open to His very specific leading can be essential.
“Can we trust this person or not?”. Only God know the heart and intention of every person. Seeking His council before trusting or rejecting anyone is wise.
Only the Spirit of God knows the right answer to every question and can accurately lead us for His purposes in desperate times. Jesus certainly seems to have an expectation that His true followers will be able to hear His Spirit when He says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
There are many examples of hearing God speak in Scripture, as well as some instruction on how to do so. The Bible is the best place to search out how to develop this conversational relationship with the Holy Spirit.