Hearing God’s voice is vital to every intercessor. The voice of the Holy Spirit is the pointing arrow and information medium that all believers must get acquainted with in order to walk in the ways of God. Listed below are a few mediums that God uses as channels of revelation for His people:
Audible voice –This is rare but very real. This is when you hear the Lord’s voice with your natural ears. This voice is usually very loud like thunder.
Dreams- Dreams are very common and are one of the main channels that God uses. Joel 2:28, Num 12:6.
Visions – Visions are distinguished from dreams but are not as common as dreams. A vision is similar to having a dream but you are wide awake either with open eyes or closed eyes. Num 24:16, Pro 29:18, Dan 2:19, Hos 12:10, Acts 10:3, Acts 16:9, Dan 10:7.
Trances-A trance is a prophetic ecstasy in which you are wide awake and are partially or wholly unconscious of objective sensations, but intensely alive to subjective impressions. They may take the form of visual or auditory sensations or else of impressions of taste, smell, heat or cold. Num 24:4, Num 24:16, Acts 10:10; Acts 11:5, Acts 22:17.
Inner knowing- This is having the revelatory unction functioning in your heart, which allows you to know something that was not communicated to you by an outside source. It gives you an assurance, an inner witness and peace that what you know is authentic and true.
Prophecy- Prophecy is one of the prominent ways that God speaks to His people. God uses you, a yielded vessel to speak the oracles of God.
Signs/Oracles- There are several instances in the Old Testament where God used an oracle or a sign to convey a message, such as the serpent lifted up in the wilderness or the skirt of Samuel's mantle being torn when Saul held it etc.
An inner voice- In many instances, God speaks to you in your spirit or heart and you hear a voice speaking within.
An inner witness of the Holy Spirit- This is when you feel a strong confirmation in your heart that the decision taken or word given is of God. You feel a strong “YES” in your heart about the situation, rhema, or decision.
Inspired thought- Many times God speaks a word in your spirit in the form of a thought. This thought is inspired and always comes with an inner peace and confirmation.
Impressions -This is when God asks you to do or say something and you feel it in your heart as a strong prompting.
Visitations- In many areas of the Bible, God gave a message to someone or to a people through angelic visitation or through a personal visitation.
Conscience- God will always speak through your conscience. This is a strong conviction of God’s dissatisfaction with your actions, thoughts or words, or His approval of your righteous actions thoughts or words.
His peace- This is a strong inner peace that you feel in your heart about something. If there is no peace in your heart, that is, you still have some doubts or confusion within, you need to seek the Lord further on the matter.
Events– God may use a global event, economical event to bring about an end-time message or message of repentance.
Prophetic Songs- God may give you or someone else a song that is prophetic in its message.
Circumstances– God uses situations in many instances to speak to His people. These also are signs that you must be able to interpret.