if they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their captivity, whither they have carried them captives, and pray toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and toward the house which I have built for thy name: then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee. 2 Chronicles 6:38-39 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/2ch.6.38-39.KJV
This prayer was given by Solomon when he was dedicating it for the people and as God’s house in Jerusalem. I pray that you might read the rest of the chapter so you can know what an awesome God we serve.
This is the primary reason why He created mankind. God wants a personal relationship with each of us. He had it with everyone that was willing to be alone with Him and be useful to Him in the Old Testament and He wants that today. How do I know this? Because I read the Bible and He always speaks to those who are willing to listen.
You might ask how do I know if I’m hearing from God? That also involves reading the Bible. If you don’t know His voice from reading it, how can you know if He’s speaking to you? I’m not bragging about what I do but our world is in a crisis and it is the church that needs to respond. If you aren’t seeking Him and His wisdom then you are trying to use your wisdom and our “wisdom” doesn’t compare to His.
God doesn’t speak audibly to me or to many people today although I have heard of a few people who came to salvation because He spoke to them in their dreams. My point about reading the Bible and knowing His voice is simply this: if you don’t know how He does things or how He thinks, then how will you recognize His thoughts or His voice if you hear it? The only way to learn about God’s voice and how He looks at our world is to read the Bible prayerfully and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Sounds crazy but He will do it if you ask Him in faith.
Jesus walked with God every day and He still woke up early and went to a quiet place away from crowds to pray and talk with His Father. He was seeking the Father’s will for His ministry and He did this many times during the three years of His ministry. God wants a relationship with His children and if you are a Christian or if you are thinking about asking Jesus into your life, then He wants that relationship with you too. He is the Creator of everything and He knows about everything in the universe but He pays attention even when a sparrow falls from the sky. If God cares about even a tiny sparrow, don’t you think He cares even more about where you are and what is going on in your life?