The next section is taken from a devotion by Charles Stanley and all copyrights for this work belong to him:
Listening with Ears to Hear
All of these aspects of active listening are ways in which we truly have “ears to hear.” Jesus said repeatedly to His disciples, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (See Matt. 11:15; 13:9, 43.)
Active listening requires that you make these declarations in the inner spirit by faith as you listen to God:
1. I’m eager to hear what You are going to say to me (expectant).
2. I’m listening, Lord (quiet).
3. I’ll wait until I hear from You (patient).
4. I’m confident that You are going to tell me what I need to hear (confident).
5. I depend upon You completely to tell me who I am to become, what I am to say, and what I am to do (dependent).
6. I want to be open to all possibilities, Lord (open).
7. I am listening keenly to every word (attentive).
8. I am trusting You, Holy Spirit, to confirm to me that what I am hearing is, indeed, from God (careful).
9. Not my will or way, but Yours, Lord (submissive).
10. I am in awe and thanksgiving that You would speak to me, Lord (reverent).
When you truly listen actively, you can expect to hear from God in ways that compel you to action!
Stanley, C. F. (1996). Listening to God. T. Nelson Publishers.