Three ways to know that God is talking to us in prayer:
- Consolation — a sense of the present and goodness of God; light from the Holy Spirit, insights about ourselves and truths about our faith
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit — Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord, Fortitude, Counsel; We don’t always feel them, but when we pray, the Holy Spirit increases those gifts.
- Inspiriation — e.g., the inspiration to forgive someone or seek forgiveness.
God is always listening. Anytime we raise our heart and mind to God, He will hear us and he will respond. We may not always feel it, but we must recall that prayer takes place in the arena of faith, therefore:
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will act” — Psalm 37:5