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Dallas Willard asks, “Should we expect anything else, given the words of Scripture and the heritage of the Christian Church?” (Willard, Hearing God Through the Year, 12)
The ancient Israelites heard the voice of God speaking to them out of the fire (Deut. 4:33). The prophet Isaiah had first-hand experience in hearing from God. Isaiah 58:9, 11 says:
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I…
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
I am certain we can hear from God, for these reasons:
1. Scripture tells us we can and should expect to hear from God.
2. Personal experience has verified this for me.
3. The testimonies of many other Jesus-followers throughout history attests to the reality of God speaking to his people, both individually and corporately.
4. “Prayer” defined as “taking with God about what we are doing together” implies that God is our dialogical partner.