How Does God Communicate With You?

How Does God Communicate With You?

Communication is a huge part of the way we operate as humans. In the last decade, we have evolved from face to face conversations to texts, IM’s, and DM’s. Interacting and communicating with others is how we feel connected, and when it is lacking it can lead to loneliness, despair, and even anxiety.

Years ago, when we were traveling in Europe, our daughter felt the void of not being able to connect with me. It was not because of a lack of trying.  I had a new SIM card which meant an international number.  Each time I tried to Facetime her she didn’t answer.  Texts weren’t going through, and the isolation was really getting to her. Finally, I was able to get a message to her about my new number and she answered the next time I tried to connect.

The struggle we had to communicate reminded me of a similar struggle I sometimes feel in my own life. I have a deep yearning to communicate with my Heavenly Father. There is peace and comfort that comes from regular two-way communication. I may voice my desire in prayer, but stopping to listen to His response is a powerful force in my life.

What do we need to do to hear His voice and feel His response in our time of need? Learning to commune with God requires effort on our part.  And as Russell M. Nelson recently said: “The Lord loves effort, because effort brings rewards that can’t come without it.”

So how do you hear Him? What kind of effort are you giving the Lord? How does God communicate with you?


How often do I feel like prayer is a one-way conversation? How often do I talk about what I need without listening to how He thinks I can make something work?

Prayer is the first step in our effort to commune with God.  I think of giving unwanted gifts to my children. Giving before they even know what they want.  Those gifts are usually the least appreciated because their desire or need had not yet been recognized.

In much the same way, Prayer is a means for us to show Heavenly Father what we desire. The old saying “actions speak louder than words” is especially true with prayer.  

Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings.”

Bible Dictionary


What do we need to do to hear His voice and feel His response in our time of need?  Like my daughter wanting to talk with me, she had to do her part (answer when I called) to be able to connect with me. We need to make sure our lines of communication are open and ready for when the answers come.

The best way I’ve found to open those lines of communication is to study my scriptures consistently.  Notice I used the word study.  I’m not talking about casually reading a verse or two. This is searching for meaning within the written words.

The scriptures are like a written “recording” of the “voice” of the Lord—a voice we feel in our hearts more than we hear with our ears. As we study the written word of God, we learn to hear His voice in the words we read. As we return repeatedly to the holy scriptures, we gain experience and confidence in hearing and feeling His voice.” 

David A. Bednar
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I can read a verse a hundred times and have it tell me something different each time. New meaning is dependant on what I am praying for. The scriptures are Heavenly Father’s words to us. They can speak to us individually and on a very personal level. I have grown to cherish my scriptures as those answers have become more frequent and profound.

Listen, Ponder, and Practice

When I was in school I was best able to commit something important to memory by writing it down. Writing down our impressions and answers as we read the scriptures show the value we give to what the Lord tells us.

Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in times of need. Spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it.  This practice enhances the likelihood of your receiving further light.”  

Richard G. Scott

Not only do I keep a small journal close by while studying the scriptures, I also have developed my own scripture marking system. I have created a color code by topic so I can easily access connections I’ve made, and build a deeper understanding of what God wants me to learn.

Writing down what we learn, think, and feel as we study the scriptures is another form of pondering and a powerful invitation to the Holy Ghost for continuing instruction.

David A. Bednar

Just like anything we want to get better at, it takes practice. The more we slow down, spend time being still, and listen the better we will become at hearing what the Lord is telling us.

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The Power of Stillness

Our spirituality could reignite by approaching it from a more “mindful” place. When it feels like we’re on a runaway train, mindfulness returns us to a peaceful place where we can observe our thoughts and feelings without jumping on board with them. The Power of Stillness explores how practicing mindful principles can reinvigorate the joy inherent in our faith and helps us feel calmer, more present, and engaged in our lives, and more spiritually connected to our Savior.

Benefits of Communicating with God

Commune is at the root of communication and is defined as conversing or talking together, usually with a profound intensity, intimacy; interchange thoughts or feelings. Learning to develop a two-way communication with God does not just happen because we wish for it. We need to show him our deepest desires by asking.

The benefits of communing with God is much like my international SIM card. It is invaluable when it comes to finding our way in foreign territory. It provides access to maps so we can maneuver our way through the twisted roads of life, and keeps us in touch with the One who loves us the most. 

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6 thoughts on “How Does God Communicate With You?”

  1. One of my most notable spiritual experiences was after the psychologist I was seeing during the latter years of my marriage told me, “We all have a counselor within us. It is only because we don’t know how to access communication with this counselor that causes us to seek out psychologists.” I found that to be a very profound statement and theory that I had never heard before.
    I decided to test this psychologist’s theory the next time a problem came up that I couldn’t solve, which happened shortly after seeing the psychologist. The problem that came up was that since my former husband had cheated earlier, I became very suspicious when he received huge bouquets of flowers for his office desk from a female employee in our business.
    I wrote down all my own ideas about what to do to solve the problem, but none made much sense. So, I got quiet and listened for the voice of this counselor within. The voice I heard mentioned a forest, and I almost dismissed it, since I didn’t see a connection with the problem and a forest. But I decided to listen and write down what I heard in my head. The message came through slowly and I wrote down each word as though I was taking dictation.
    The message came through, in thought, one word at a time: “One must be suspicious of the slightest bit of smoke in a forest during the dry season.” That seemed to mean that our marriage was in a dry season, laced with problems that could spark the end at any time.
    Next, I wrote what I heard again as thought… “One who builds a fire during the dry season risks burning the forest down.” That seemed clear to be a message to my husband meaning that his infidelity was risking an end to our marriage. Next came…”Even if you wire all the trees in the forest to a computer in the lookout tower and sleep, the computer could malfunction and burn down the forest while you slept.”
    What the whole message was telling me, I seemed to get clearly, was that I had to live with my suspicions and remain alert to the problem. As I said, I had exhausted all my ideas on paper before getting quiet and listening for this counselor.
    After absorbing the message, I asked “What do I do if the forest burned down?” The message that came through was: “You will build a forest somewhere else.”
    Funny thing was that the first man who I dated after my divorce, to my surprise, was a fire department inspector! What a connection it was!
    I have remained vigilant to continue listening to this internal counselor for the past 32 years as my life-long goal after my divorce was to better understand and improve my emotional development. I had started a business in the computer industry and did not need to work to support myself with my divorce settlement from the sale of the business in 1991. In 2001, I created a non-profit organization to share what I had learned with others for FREE and have had a non-profit website since 2006, Please consider giving this counselor within a chance to help you grow, too.

  2. That definition of prayer from the Bible Dictionary is SO meaningful and insightful! Over the years, my scriptures have become very personal as I have marked important passages, made notes on what I’ve learned, and included quotes that are helpful. I don’t think I could teach a class without my OWN scriptures! I love that you brought out “commune” being the root of communication–that gives it a different spin.

    1. Isn’t it so amazing how our scriptures can become personally ours because of the inspiration we’ve received while reading?

  3. I really am glad I read this post on communicating with God today! Thanks for sharing and great ideas! I love the analogy.

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