Matthew 27:45-46 NIV From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
The time to begin recognizing God’s voice is not at the point of desperation, but during a lifelong relationship of intimate communication.
When you start to feel that God is quiet work to change your perspective from your view of things to God’s view. Your view is limited by time and space. God's view has no limits. His view is eternal.
The next time you feel God isn’t listening or answering your prayers, try the following steps:
Ask why. It’s not wrong to question the Lord in order to gain understanding about His ways.
Wait for His timing. God has infinite knowledge and wisdom. He knows exactly what to do and when to do it.
Trust Him. The Lord may seem silent, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t involved. He’s personally interested in the details and is actively working out every situation according to His good purposes.
Anticipate a more intimate relationship with Him. When we respond to the silent times with submission, trust, and patience, our relationship with Christ is enriched and deepened.
Read the Bible. If God’s voice is unclear, reading His Word is a good place to tune in. That’s where His thoughts, desires, and ways are revealed. It’s simply His voice in written form.
Keep praying. Don’t stop communicating with the Lord. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking.
Matthew 7:7-11 NIV “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Then, sit quietly with Him and listen.
Psalms 46:10 NIV He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
God’s silence is not forever. In His perfect time, the answer will come. And if you faithfully and patiently wait for Him, you’ll discover that your relationship with Him has deepened through the experience. You will have learned to sit with Him through silence, not relying on His activity to encourage you, but simply delighting in His presence. If you’ll make this a habit in your life, fretting and fuming will disappear, and in their place, you’ll find the most satisfying relationship possible.