Fifteen times in the New Testament our Lord says, “He who has an ear let him hear.” That tells us three important things. First, we were born into God’s family with spiritual ears; second, we have to learn how to use them; third, hearing from God must become the highest priority in our life. A baby is born with the ability to hear, but he/she doesn’t know what they are hearing. Understanding takes time; it takes intimacy with their parents. In Luke 24:45 we read that Jesus, “opened their minds so they could understand (the Scriptures).” That tells me He can teach us.
It’s not only possible to hear from God, it’s absolutely necessary.
Why is it that we can hear from God in times of crisis, yet not at other times? Answer: Because we have to! Until that changes, we’ll keep living from crisis to crisis, so we’ll never learn to hear from Him either quickly or correctly. Jesus said, “By myself I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:30).
Jesus did only the things placed in His mind by the Father; He wants us to learn to live that way, too.