CNLP 165: Mark Batterson on How to Hear God’s Voice (and God’s Will For Your Life)

One of the top questions church leaders get is “how can I know I’ve heard from God” closely followed by “how can I know God’s will for my life?

Mark Batterson has studied the subject in-depth and shares 7 key ways people hear from God, and how hearing his voice can help you find his will.

This interview will help answer your personal questions and serve as a road map as you find answers for yourself and for the long line of people who ask you.

Welcome to Episode 165 of the podcast.

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Mark’s latest book Whisper is available now!

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Breaking 200 Without Breaking You

3 Insights from This Episode

1. The bravest prayer is the one you never give up on

The bravest prayer is the one that is asked for again and again. Having an As Long As It Takes mentality offers learning experiences for personal growth while your example of faithfulness provides God the opportunity to show others what He can do for those who wait on Him.  

2. Sometimes we can’t hear God because we’ve allowed other noises to deafen His voice

Is God the loudest voice in your life? Make sure that other voices, including your own self-talk, aren’t deafening your ears.

When you’re asking God to speak put yourself in a quiet space so you’re able to hear Him. Sometimes a change of pace, place and perspective can make all the difference. 

3. Mark describes 7 Ways We Hear from God in his new book Whisper

Scripture – Scripture is the primary way God provides His voice to His people. Within the scriptures the following sources can be found:

Desires – If you are living by faith and in obedience; delighting yourself in the Lord, God can lead you through your desires.

Doors – Doors will open and close – those actions are a packaged deal. You can’t pray for one and not receive the other.

Dreams – The ability to envision the future and to dream about what tomorrow could look like is part of the image of God. 

People – God uses trusted voices in prophetic ways to say the right things at the right times.

Promptings – When things line up in a way that’s providential over coincidental – you’re taking a cue from the spirit of God.

Pain – People can refrain from scripture by choosing not to read the Bible, but pain can’t be ignored. Sometimes it’s the only way to learn the lessons God is wanting to teach.

Quotes from This Episode

Some Help For Your Church

So you would love to reach more people, but how? Your church just can’t seem to sustainably grow past the 200 barrier. And you’re really not sure why.

My new online course called Breaking 200 Without Breaking You is designed to help senior pastors and their boards and leadership team break through the barrier 85% of churches never move past: the 200 attendance barrier.

So many leaders who try to break it either get stuck at 150-250 in attendance or burned out in the process of trying.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Believe it or not, the reasons most churches never break 200 aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons.

So whether your church is 50, 150 or 250 in attendance, the principles will help you gain the insight you need to break the barrier more than 85% of churches can’t break.

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CNLP 165: Mark Batterson on How to Hear God’s Voice (and God’s Will For Your Life)


  1. Michael McSwain on November 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I have a question! Should Pastors use spiritually personal things that their congregation shares with them, in their sermons every Sunday?

  2. Claire E Young on November 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I appreciate Mark Batterson’s gift of expressing God’s truth so very much! Each time I hear him speak, or read something he’s written I am encouraged and feel renewed. Whether it is “oh my goodness, that is such a loving thing to hear” or “oh my goodness, I am convicted and need to attend to that immediately” I sense Mark’s openness to be a conduit of God’s grace. Thank you Carey for always seeking to find others who can add to our lives and for being a conduit of God’s grace as well in this way. This episode was the right thing, right on time.

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