5 Verses that will Help When You Need to Be Still and Listen


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5 Verses that will Help When You Need to Be Still and Listen

Verses to pray when you need to be still and listen for God's small whisper to guide and encourage you.

I’ve had a few times in my life when I’ve felt God’s voice loud and clear.

Like the time He challenged my grumbling or the time He gave me a word of love for a specific person as I was driving to a speaking engagement.

There was also the time that completely changed my view of things — all I could think about was the pain and loss when His tender Spirit whispered, “You have no idea what I’ve spared you from!”

But oh, how I would love to listen better. Kira’s post, from the other day, made me think about my need to do a better job of listening. Especially when life gets crazy and busyness takes over. When you and I can get caught up in all the doing and forget to focus on the reasons for the doing.

So today, I’d like you to join me to stop for just a moment and listen. To pray with me and wait quietly for His voice to fill us with all we need to live each day.

5 Verses to Pray that will Help You Be Still and Listen

Psalm 62:5–6

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken. 

Father, it’s so hard to wait and even harder to wait quietly. I want to complain. I want what I want and I want it now! Forgive me. I’m behind with all the things I need to do but right now at this moment what I need more than anything is time with You. I need Your promises of hope. I need to remember who You are and all You’ve done. You are my Savior, my place of safety, my unshakable foundation. Thank you! Please guide me this day and where You lead with Your Spirit’s help, I will follow. Amen.

Verses to pray when you need to be still and listen for God's small whisper to guide and encourage you.

John 10:27

My sheep listen to my voice;
I know them, and they follow me. 

Lord, forgive me for the ways I let other voices distract me. The truth is … my own voice distracts me. My thoughts run in circles making deepening ruts as they tread the same ground again and again. Here I am, Lord. I need Your voice to help me quiet the craziness. I need Your truth and wisdom. Thank you for the many ways You assure me that I am Yours. You know me … nothing can change that. My heart’s desire is to obediently follow wherever You lead. Speak to me, Lord. I will be still and listen that I may follow where you lead. Amen.

Psalm 37:7a, 23–24

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for Him to act.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
    He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
    for the Lord holds them by the hand. 

Father, here I am — quiet and still in Your presence. Watching and waiting for Your direction. I love this promise … You “delight in every detail of my life.” You know everything about me. You know my weaknesses and You are aware of every stumble. Yet, by Your grace, You will not let me fall. Your hand is always there to help me and hold me. You faithfully forgive my foolish and distracted busyness and consistently call me back into Your holy presence where Your love surrounds me. Oh, how I thank and praise You! Amen.

John 14:26

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 

Oh, Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Spirit, thank you! Father, I am awed by the love You showed us in Your plan to redeem us. Jesus, I am overwhelmed that You would willingly sacrifice everything for me. Spirit, I am so thankful for the ways You draw these truths to my mind each day. My God how I love you and thank you for Your blessings. Amen.

5 Verses to Pray that will Help You When You Need to be Still and Listen by Deb Wolf @ Counting My Blessings

Psalm 25:4–5

Show me the right path, O Lord;
    point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by Your truth and teach me,
    for You are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in You. 

Father, I may not finish my to-do list today but by Your grace, may I accomplish Your list. May I follow Your path and fulfill each task You assign. By the power of Your Spirit, teach me. Lead me. Help me to be still and listen as You lovingly call me back into Your sweet presence … where we can sit and talk or maybe for a few moments, just rest in each other’s presence. I love You, my hope, my Redeemer, my all. In Jesus name, Amen.

Praying you find peace in the busyness as you stop for a moment to just be still and listen.

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  1. Thanks for words that encourage me to lean in to this listening life, Deb. Even when it cuts across my preferences and my natural inclination, I know that wisdom lies in listening to the voice of God.

  2. Oh, these listening reminders! I need them so deeply. I need them to sink deep into my soul and remind me to stop. Great scriptures to remind us!

  3. Thank you, Deb, for blessing my day with your inspiration here.
    Blessings for a great weekend!

  4. Thanks for much for the feature Deb! God bless you today, and thanks for the encouraging post about stillness

  5. Love your countdown, Deb! Your posts are always so encouraging. I’m going to bookmark this page to be sure I’ve read all of these. Looking forward to seeing the next posts in your countdown!

  6. Five verses that I will read again and again. I am being quiet these days and want to be, yet still, need the Word to remind me that this is so vital to my peace. Thanks.

  7. What a great idea with a countdown. I love your posts. This article especially talked to me since my life verse is – Be Still and Know that I am God. I struggle with being still.

    1. I feel the same. I struggle sometimes hourly to be still. I love that verse, too. I have too much mental noise and impatience.

      1. I believe it’s the time in which we live. It can feel like it’s impossible to turn off the noise. Which is why I love God’s reminder for us to just be quiet in His presence and know Him better. Thanks so much for visiting! God bless you!

  8. Quietly and patiently … that’s the challenge, isn’t it! I want to drum my fingers and help Him out a bit! Thanks for sharing. Psalm 62 especially spoke to me.

  9. Learning to still every voice and leave room for God’s voice is not easy but must be done. Thank you for the encouragement.

  10. Often, I find the lies of the enemy to be louder than God’s truth. During those moments, I need to be still and quiet before God and listen to His truth. Thanks for sharing on Grace & Truth, Deb. Always a pleasure.

  11. Marinda Joynt says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful scripts you share with us. God bless you and your work. I really needed this today.