We do not serve a mute God. Yet, in many Christian circles, the idea that we can hear from God is looked at as a weird experience in the imagination of the imbalanced. Jesus said His sheep would know His voice and follow him. The book of Revelation continually urges the church to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
In Mark 9:1-13 Jesus and the disciples climb to the top of a high mountain to pray. The disciples see Moses and Elijah talking to Jesus. Peter gets all excited and feels like he needs to say something impressive and because “he did not know what to say,” he started rambling about building everybody a tabernacle. God, the Father, appeared on the scene in a cloud and said, “This is my beloved Son, hear Him.” Hearing Jesus is the most important job of a disciple.
After coming down from the mountain the disciples were trying to cast a demon out of a boy and could not. After Jesus took care of the job, they asked why they were unsuccessful, Jesus said, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” The purpose of prayer and fasting is to clear out the noise and get our hearing in tune with God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). God commands us in His word to get our spiritual ears in tune with Him. His command is His enablement. Lord, open my ears and help me focus on You so that I can be a good listener and by doing so be a good disciple. – Jeff Burke