Greetings! I have heard many people say that when we pray, we should listen for our Father’s answers. How do we differentiate our own internal voice from His? Thank you!

This is a really great question!  And the answer is – it takes time and practice to know His voice.

I know, that doesn’t feel like an answer but the truth is, we have to develop a relationship with the Father and get to know Him in order to differentiate His voice from our own.  How do we get to know Him? 

By reading His Word every day and seeking His thoughts on matters. 

The more time we spend with Him, the more we get to know Him. 

The more we get to know Him, the more we will recognize His voice.

You can definitely spend quiet time after praying to listen for an answer but this isn’t the only time the Father answers us.  I often have a running dialogue during the day while I am doing other things.  This is when I ask random questions like, can’t we just kill all of the mosquitos?  Or I talk to Him about the things that are heavy on my heart such as,  Father, I am really struggling with this situation.  I see two ways to handle it but I don’t know which one is the best. What do you think?

And when He answers, how do I know it’s Him?  Because I know His character and His love from reading HIS words over and over again. While the voice may come as my internal voice, I recognize that it is Him.

I hope this helps.

From Christy: This is such a wonderful question! As I began writing, my thoughts were so lengthy that I realized I needed to write a stand-alone article on this topic and so I did just that – so stay tuned. In the meantime, I want to encourage you because your question is actually an exciting one in that it shows that you are seeking and longing to hear the Father’s voice. This is encouraging because He is longing for you to hear and know Him on that level as well, which is evidence of His calling and you answering. 

Be patient with yourself, keep reading, give it time. He promises us: 

“You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Keep showing up every day. 

He’ll be there. 

And He will be found by you.

In His Love,




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