Matthew 10:27 – Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.
Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I Samuel 3:10 – Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Luke 12:11-12 – Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.
The verses given give powerful insight into listening and hearing the voice (or Word) of God, and the importance of doing so. God is longing to have a conversation with us. If you notice in Revelation 3:20 Jesus is saying that He is standing at our door and knocking. He is engaging in conversation with us, we just need to listen.
I know these are a lot of verses and nothing really says, well here’s how you talk with God, or here’s how you listen to Him. I’ve found that God is not ignorant of the way we hear. Often times, God will talk with us in a way only we can understand. A few practical ways are: reading His word, talking with and getting counsel a pastor or mature believer, and hearing Him respond to us in prayer.
Of course the first is simple, when we read God’s word, we are literally reading God’s words to us. When you need to know what God thinks about you, pick up the bible and start reading. Read about how He sees that we are conquerors and not defeated (Romans 8:37) or that nothing will separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Or that we were once outcasts but He now calls us His people (Romans 9:25-26). Or that now you are seated in Heavenly Places with Christ, and that you can imagine yourself sitting next to God on His throne and see your problems as specs of dust (Ephesians 2:6). Or that you are God’s workmanship (or masterpiece) (Ephesians 2:10). Or that Jesus really calls you a friend (John 15:15). These are words spoken about you and I, and they are meant to encourage us, and let us hear His voice.
Also, talking with mature believers such as your pastor, or parents (if they’re walking with Jesus) gives us insight into God’s heart. Finally, God will speak to us in prayer and in worship, and in times where we shut out the world, and all distractions, and pursue Him. Matthew 10:27 says “what you hear in the ear” or rather what I whisper to you in the ear. So God will also whisper things to us using a voice that only we can hear and understand, and we have to learn to be quiet enough to hear it.
As you spend more and more time with God and step out into obedience, you will learn to hear His voice more clearly.