How can I be sure I’m hearing God? Some possible questions to ask myself are: does what I’m hearing go against scripture? If so it’s not Him. What is my gut feeling? If peace, it’s probably God; if cacophony, probably not.
Asking objective friends is good too — friends who are willing to pray for me and be up front with me.
Direction on prayer – notes
In prayer, begin with what’s important to you — the stuff that you and God are working on together.
Think of what you want, what you’d like to see happen. How should you go about asking God for these things? Talk to Him as you would like to have others speak to you, as you would have others ask you to do things for them.
Evaluate your request: How does it shape the heart? How will it glorify God? How will the Kingdom be advanced? How will I know when the prayer has been answered? Be specific, and then re-word your request in light of the answers to these questions.
Using these suggestions, there’s a good chance what you’re asking for is something God wants too. Watch for answers, but keep in mind: prayer is so powerful God must have veto power.
Learn how to ask ~ listen first ~ and let God lead in the dance.