I want to clarify what I mean when I say I listen for God's voice. I want to reiterate I don't "hear" voices, in case anyone thinks I do. In the last post, I said it was like a command in my head. Let me explain what I mean.
There are times when I am torn about things. I pray and ask God to give me clarity if it is something I should do. Now, I am the only human in my house, so I can and do pray out loud quite often; it's just me talking to God. I suppose I am entertainment for the animals at times; at other times, I might interrupt their sleeping. At any rate, it's what I do.
Before I act, I wait until I get a very "strong" impression from him that it is something I should do. For example, on Friday my guardian angel from NC called in response to a Facebook message about prayer that I had sent him. As he was ministering to me, God plopped this idea into my head regarding the prayer request. It was extremely strong and out of "left field," so I *knew* it was from Him and not just *my* thinking. (Sorry I can't be more specific, but at this time I won't be because it involves someone else.) When I told my guardian angel, he said something that affirmed that it was God-sent. See, I never want it to just be "my thinking"; I want to *know* it is God talking.
That's about the best way I can explain "listening for God's voice." As time has passed, I have normally been able to eventually discern whether it is His voice or me.
And a note on my "guardian angel": The reason I call this person this is because I know God has sent him to be my spiritual advisor/encourager/prayer warrior. There are few people I can trust with certain prayer requests because they are too familiar to the situation or they really don't care. This person is a "disinterested" party, so to speak, because he is not close to any of the situations. He just remembers me from August of 1988---