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I want to be confident and strong in my faith but I have having trouble getting the time to listen to and hear from God.

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Thank you so much for your honest spiritual enquiry about taking time to listen to God.

All of the things you desire, including to grow spiritually; to know God's plans for your life; to know and hear more clearly from God and to fellowship with other believers, are all excellent desires and vital to your Christian walk, but you will have to be intentional about them; they are not just going to happen. That's why these, among other things, are often called 'Christian Disciplines', and should be the mark of every believer.

First of all you have to get the Word of God into you and let it feed your soul. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord (Colossians 3:16). The words of Jeremiah can encourage us when he says your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts (Jeremiah 15:16). And your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

To be very practical about this, and not knowing your circumstances, you might consider getting the Bible on CD or on a portable music player and listen to it as you travel to work, or during your lunch break, or even while you are doing the housework; waiting for the children coming out of school, or any time that is available. Write out key Bible verses on small cards or sticky notes and place them to your cupboard doors or mirrors and memorise them so that you can recall them wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

These things are not a replacement for sitting down to read and study the Bible, but at least you will have the Word of God going into your heart and mind.

Similarly making time to pray and have a conversation with your heavenly Father when you have a busy schedule is hard, but again can be done when you're travelling to work; waiting in the queue when buying an item; during your lunch break or at other down times, as the writer of the Psalms did when I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches (Psalm 63:6). Not making time to listen to God will make it harder to hear clearly from Him, so as far as you are able, make prayer a natural part of your day.

I encourage you to get to church to learn about and experience God with other Christians. Again, I don't know your specific circumstances, but if you work in a city, some Bible believing churches cater to working people by holding lunchtime or evening services. If you have access to the internet you can find out this information. You could also tune in either online, on the TV or via radio, to Sunday services.

Alternatively, or in addition, if there are other Christians in your place of work or near where you live, you might consider joining together at lunchtime or after work to do a Bible study and pray together. Again, these things should not really be a replacement for attending a church where you will be part of a body of believers where you can grow by getting regular fellowship and solid teaching from God's Word. Read 1 Corinthians 12 where the apostle Paul helps us to understand how the body of Christ fits together within the context of a local church.

In summary, doing the things I have suggested will help you in being strengthened and encouraged in your faith and will enable you to know God more and hear Him more clearly.

I would also suggest that you ask the Lord about your circumstances and how they might be changed to allow you greater access to good teaching and fellowship.

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Genesis 2:18
  • Romans 8:16
  • Hebrews 13:5

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