Many times people are afraid of trying to hear God speak because they are afraid that they will hear "wrong."
The truth is there are times you will hear wrong. There are times you'll hear the voice of your own flesh or you will hear a counterfeit spirit trying to get you off course. (This is why we test the spirits.)
Expecting to hear the voice of God perfectly would be like expecting a toddler to stand up and start walking without ever falling down. We learn through the falling down. We learn what not to do next time. Therefore, if the devil can get you to fear not hearing God perfectly - he can keep you from learning to walk in the spirit. Nobody does it perfectly from the first step. But if you do it enough times - you'll soon begin to walk and then run.
Hearing the voice of God takes the faith of a child. Your Father isn't disappointed when you miss his voice - he's thrilled that you tried!
Don't be so focused when you fail. Make the necessary corrections, get up and try again!
A common theme with those who struggle to hear God’s voice is that they haven’t learned to hear with their spirit instead of their soul.
Our soul is made up of our mind, will, and emotion. But our spirit is breathed into us by God at conception. God gives each person a slice of his image, His essence. Our spirit is the place where we have a relationship with God, not our souls.
John 4:24 “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
We hear God and worship Him with our spirits. Many Christians have been taught to lead their lives with their soul... but that is not how God meant for us to live. We’re supposed to let our spirits be the engineer of our life-train.
The soul is our “natural man.” When we let this part of ourselves lead our lives, we are essentially living out of our intellect.
Since God is a Spirit, he doesn’t commune with us through our intellect. God speaks to us through our spirits.
1 Corinthians 2:14 “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
So....If you want to hear God’s voice better simply ask for your spirit to come forward and be the engineer of your train instead of your soul. This takes practice. Especially if you have shoved your spirit back in the caboose for a long period of time. Most people who struggle with being in “control” have trouble trusting their spirits because they trust intellect more. But we are to be led by the Spirit!
Romans 8:14 “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
You can do this!! Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to let your spirit lead!