Inner Monologue or Inner Dialogue?

Our inner monologue is our consciousness – those thoughts we are thinking.  No one else is privy to them unless we choose to express them through the words of our mouths, through writing, or some other form of communication.  Our internal monologue is our private domain.

Having an active relationship with God means that instead of an internal monologue we can have an internal dialogue.  That is, instead of just hearing ourselves think, we can also hear God speaking to us.  Some people resist this idea.  They’d rather not hear God.  There can be various reasons for this but most of them are rooted in fear: fear that He will tell us to do something we don’t want to do, fear that we will hear Him incorrectly and do something foolish, fear that we won’t hear Him at all and what that might mean, and so on.  All these fears, however, are groundless.  If God knows how to make us hear through our physical ears, He certainly knows how to make us hear through our inner ears.

Assuming you want to have a regular dialogue with God, you must cultivate it.  That begins with getting a grip on your inner monologue.  More specifically, it means quieting your thoughts.  When your soul is calm, you can more easily distinguish the soft breezes of God’s whispers.  He is your Father, and like any father, wants to teach you how to live.  For this reason, don’t be discouraged if He admonishes or corrects you.  He only wants what’s best for you.

Are you afraid of what people will think of you if you listen to God?  That’s the most baseless fear of all – you don’t have to tell them that’s what you’re doing!  One day you’ll be strong enough to tell others that He indeed speaks, but until then this can be a secret between you and Him.

Oh, how lonely is life when it only includes an inner monologue.  Inner dialogue is the end of such loneliness, and for this sort of companionship with God you were created.



2 Replies to “Inner Monologue or Inner Dialogue?”

  1. I’m so glad I found this advice. I too am a noncurch-goer following hard after God as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and in daily early morning prayer, bible reading and meditation I began to notice my internal monologue stopping. This was rather disconcerting at first. Over time, during which I simply waited on Him, I began to becme aware that all my old silly notions about myself had changed; they were not being upheld and reinforced on a daily basis.
    You are quite correct, I believe, in saying that in this quietness we are able to hear our Lord speak. “Be still and know that I (Yahweh) am God” (Ps. 46:10) -this is the way to really begin to know Him.

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