In our daily walk of faith I think God is seeking effort not perfection. There will be days when we struggle to focus in our daily prayer time. Every now and then our lives are so harried we cannot even remember the scripture we just read, nevermind meditating and reflecting on it. God does not expect perfect children.
God does expect effort though. If it is our desire to know God, we must invest in the relationship. In life we get to know someone by spending time with them, by observing them, by listening to their stories. If it our desire to know God and to hear His voice, this will require time and effort on our part.
The Good Shepherd cares for each of us. Jesus laid down His life for each and every one of us. He wants to guide and protect us, to teach and give discernment, and to offer rest and peace. Jesus knows each of us by name and He knows all of our needs. His desire is that we would know Him intimately as well. Jesus wants us to be so close to Him that hearing His voice becomes second nature to us.
It is through prayer, study of the Bible, meditation, worship, and reflection that we come to know Jesus. In these, prayer is of particular importance. It is within these moments of personal silence before our Savior that He can best speak to us. We must provide time, space, and attention to hear His voice. We can also hear His voice in the practice of these other disciplines as well. For some this is especially true in worship. As we consistently spend time with our Good Shepherd, we draw closer and closer. This day and each day, may our hearing become better and better.
Scripture reference: John 10: 11-15ap