Listening Prayer

Listening Prayer

We want to equip you to take steps forward in your relationship with Jesus this Winter Break. Be sure to check out all of our other winter break resources on the blog.

Listening Prayer

What is it?

  • A time of prayer set aside where you ask a question and wait on the Holy Spirit’s response.

  • An opportunity to grow in relationship with Jesus and learn His voice.

How Do I Do It?

  • You can practice Listening Prayer anywhere, but somewhere quiet and free of distractions/interruptions is best. Some people like to take a walk, while others prefer to find a quiet corner away from others. Bring a pen and paper for documentation of revelation.


  • Fix your heart (affection) and mind (attention) on Jesus.

  • Pay attention to God’s presence with you. Breathe deeply and slowly, receiving each breath as God’s gift to you.

  • Pay attention to any anxiety, restlessness, impatience, or fear you sense come up in you. Acknowledge it and release it to God. Jesus is enough for every situation. Trust Him.

  • Acknowledge and confess any sin Holy Spirit reveals to you.

  • Begin by asking Him a question. Verse it as simply as you can and don't worry about explaining yourself-he understands the scope of your question better than you do.

  • Wait on Him for a response. When you first begin, the distraction detox makes this part seem like forever, but learn to lean in to the silence and listen. He. Is. Speaking.

  • Pay attention to anything that seems surprising to you or out of the ordinary, even if it seems insignificant. The fact that God is bringing it to your attention is reason to ponder what it may mean; be willing to ask follow-up questions, follow the wisdom or guidance God gives to you.

  • He may speak to you through a mental picture that comes to your attention, an impression on your heart, or a word that comes to mind. HIS VOICE WILL NEVER CONTRADICT SCRIPTURE.

  • Write down what God speaks or reveals to you and take necessary steps of obedience.

  • Repeat.

Below are some effective prayer prompts to get you started:

  • Jesus, what do you want to do today?

  • What are your favorite things about me?

  • What are your favorite things about -family member- or -friend-?

  • What do you have for me in this upcoming semester?

  • Show me how my life has changed since knowing you.

  • What gifts do you want me to grow in/how can I use my gifts to serve my community?

Psalm 77:11-12, Psalm 131: 1-2. Psalm 62: 1-2, Psalm 139: 23-24, 1 John 5:14, 1 John 5:15