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Adult Playlist - Discernment - Holy Listening

In prayer, we share our worries, our gratitude, our fears, our hopes, and our dreams with God.

We also listen as God speaks to our hearts. 

Discernment -- listening for the voice of God -- is a skill we can practice.

This playlist will help you slow down and find stillness so that you can listen to God and practice discernment.

May the offerings below help you to settle into a quiet place where you can just be with God in holy listening.


(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)


Here are some Scripture passages that express our desire to listen to God and that show how God speaks to us:

                       1 Samuel 3:1-10

                       Psalm 25:4-5

                       Psalm 119:124-125

                       Matthew 6:33

                       Luke 11:9-10

                       Proverbs 2:1-6

                       Jeremiah 33:3

                       Romans 8:26-28

                       Romans 12:2

                       Philippians 1:9-11

                       1 Thessalonians 5:16-21

                       James 1:5-6

                       1 Kings 19:11-13

Here are some blog posts to help you reflect on your experience of listening in prayer:

                       How I Use Ignatian Discernment to Help Me Make Decisions Big and Small

                       Waiting for God:  How to Keep Listening When God Seems Silent                         

                       Looking for a Sign From God?  Try These Prayer Practices Instead

                       Nine Reasons to Embrace Ignatian Discernment


Here's some advice for when you are Struggling to Hear God's Voice.

Father Mike Schmitz talks about The Value of Silence.

From Igntatian Spirituality:  What Is Discernment?

Here's a lovely little reflection:  This Is Prayer


Come To Me

My Soul In Stillness Waits

Michael Joncas, My Soul Is Thirsting

John Michael Talbot, Come To the Quiet

Jeremy Camp, When You Speak

Steve Angrisano, My Soul Is Thristing

Matt Maher, As Good As It Gets

Lauren Daigle, Salt and Light

Laren Daigle, You Say

Matt Maher, Lord Of My Life

Matt Maher, Light the Way

Tom Booth, Sacred Silence

Audrey Assad, You Speak

Maranatha, Waiting Here For You

Hillsong, The Potter's Hand

Chris McClarney, I'm Listening

Tony Alonso, In the Arms of God


Here are some things to reflect on during your prayer time.  They can also serve as journal prompts.

  • What are some things in your life that make it difficult for you to listen to God?
    • (hard to find stillness/silence? hard to stop doing and just be? racing mind even when you come to prayer?)
  • What is your favorite place to be quiet, still, and just BE?
  • What helps you know when it's God speaking to your heart?
  • What are some of the competing voices that pester you when you want to listen for God?
  • What do you hear God speaking into your heart today?


Here's a lovely poem from Mary Oliver:  Making the House Ready For the Lord

Three Minute Retreats from Loyola Press:

                        Inner Silence

                        Learning to Listen

                        Letting God Choose

                        Guided By the Spirit

                        Open to Listen



Practice being a better listener in your relationships with others (as well as with God).  Here are some tips:

                       10 Steps to Becoming a Better Listener

                       Two Ears and One Mouth:  Why We Should Listen More Than We Talk 

Why not try sitting in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist for a few silent moments each week?  If sitting in silence is new or scary for you, start small.  Begin by just trying 5 quiet breaths, then next time try 10 breaths.  Or start with sitting in quiet prayer for just 5 minutes, then next time try 10 minutes.  Or, if sitting still is challenging for you, try going on a silent walk and taking God with you.


Pray As You Go has a whole online retreat of audio prayer practices to help you find stillness and quiet:  Practicing Prayer.   

God In All Things offers a self-paced online course on Ignatian Discernment:  What Is God's Will? 

Becky Eldredge at Ignatian Spirituality offers a series of reflections on listening for God in various situations:

                       Listening for God When We're Stuck

                       Listening for God in Consolation

                       Listening for God in Colloquy

                       Listening for God in Scripture  

                       Listening for God in Nature  

                       Listening for God in People

                       Listening for God Through Spiritual Direction

                       Listening for God Through Our Imaginations 


(You can find more Prayer Playlists for adults HERE.)