In a world filled with noise, it is pretty hard to hear the quiet whisper of the Holy Spirit. The story of Elijah in the first book of Kings tells us of the quiet voice of God: "A great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart... but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper... Then a voice said, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?' " ( 1 Kings 19:11-13). It would seem that an all powerful God would choose to communicate in a powerful way; yet, most often He doesn't.
Even more difficult than finding a quiet place in our world is finding a quiet place in our mind. As chaotic as our outer world can be, our inner world often matches this pandemonium. If we are to hear the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit, we need to find a place to escape the loudness of life. After we find a silent place in our life, then we need to turn down the constant chatter in our minds. Only then are we ready to hear these holy prompts.