God’s Voice

by Melodius Monk  

What does the voice of God sound like? How can I hear him through prayer?

There are numerous examples of God’s voice throughout the Bible. Yet I often find myself falling into a trap expecting to hear God a certain way. I’ve heard God’s voice before, in music, in nature, through others, in songs on the radio, through my inner conscience, and one time I even heard an audible voice. But I rarely hear God the way I expect, especially at the time I expect it.  In searching “God’s Voice,”  I came across this quote about prayer from a 19th century Jewish Rabbi. The Rabbi said, “Really, there is no advice regarding prayer. The more you serve God in all you do, the better you will be able to open your mouth in prayer. That is why it is called the ‘service of the heart;’ it depends on the longing of the heart—all day long, in all one’s deeds.”  

I think the Rabbi’s idea about prayer hold’s true for hearing God’s voice as well. When my heart and my choices aim to serve God, rest assured He’ll make sure I hear Him any way he chooses. Isn’t that a hopeful thought?

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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