Friday, Feb 25, 2011

Hearing God’s Voice for Your Writing

If you’re like me, you have so many ideas rolling around in your head that you need more than one lifetime to write about them. So how do we, as writers who follow Christ, determine which ideas to write about and which not to? 

I think it all boils down to being able to hear God’s voice.  After salvation, hearing God’s voice is the single most important thing a Christian needs to know how to do.   

If you struggle to hear God’s voice, here are four simple steps that will revolutionize your life. These steps were developed by Dr. Mark Virkler, president of Christian Leadership University. Dr. Virkler has taught this process to thousands of believers all over the world for the last 20 years, with amazing results. Before you follow these steps, however, be sure that you are born again.  If you are not, click here first.  

Four Steps to Hearing God’s Voice: 

1) Quiet yourself.  Scripture tells us that God’s voice is a “still, small voice” (I Kings 19:12). So, in order to hear it, we must quiet ourselves and pay close attention. Scripture also tells us that in order to know God, we must be still (Psalm 46:10). 

2) Focus on Jesus. Focusing on Jesus helps us to harness our wayward thoughts and get our minds on our Lord Who is about to speak to us through His Holy Spirit. We can focus on Jesus by reading a portion of the Gospels, by listening to a worship CD, or simply by thinking about what our Lord has done for us. I usually imagine myself sitting at the feet of Jesus on the Mount of Olives as He is preaching to the crowds. The scene comes alive as I listen to our Master and focus my attention on Him. Then, I often ask Him a question that is on my mind, or I simply ask Him to tell me what I need to hear. 

3) Tune into flow.  This simply means paying attention to the thoughts that come to your mind as you focus on Jesus.  God speaks to us primarily through our thoughts.  It works like this. Holy Spirit communicates with our spirits. What He says then goes from our spirits to our minds in the form of thoughts. 

4) Write down your thoughts. As you record your thoughts in a notebook or journal, you will be hearing God’s voice.  

Use these four steps to determine what God wants you to write. Just ask Him and then listen for His answer. As you hear His voice and obey Him, you will be spending your days on earth writing exactly what He wants you to write.  In the process, you will be fulfilling your unique calling as a writer and follower of Jesus Christ.

Note: If you’d like to learn more about hearing God’s voice, you may wish to check out Dr. Mark Virkller’s detailed explanation at’s-Voice.pdf.  You may also wish to listen to an audio presentation by Dr. Mark Virkler on heaing God’s voice.  Please go to

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2 thoughts on “Hearing God’s Voice for Your Writing

  1. Scripture also says “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22. We need trusted, Christian friends to pray and counsel and listen.

    This is timely for me, MaryAnn, as you know I’m trying to decide about writing that nonfiction book about being Anna’s mommy. 🙂 I’m meeting with my writer’s group this weekend and can’t wait to talk about it and pray with them!

    March 1, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    • Yes, you are right, Pam, about safety in the multitude of counselors (Proverbs 15:22). I know our Lord will give you the wisdom to make the right decision.

      Here is a verse that I cling to when making big decisions: Psalm 32:8: “I will instruct you and teach you the way to go. I will watch over you and be your advisor.”



      March 1, 2011 at 7:29 AM