The Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton recently interviewed Patrick Klein on VOMRadio.net. Patrick is the president of Vision Beyond Borders, and he is a Bible smuggler. (Read here about Bible smuggling.)
Part of their interview is below.
Todd: You have shared stories of landing in a foreign airport with suitcases of Bibles and stepping off the plane into the customs building and saying, “Okay Lord, which line should I get in?” How did you develop that skill of learning to hear the voice of God, and how would you advise people to develop in their own life the ability to hear God’s voice?
Patrick: When I got saved I decided I would get up at 5 o’clock in the morning and spend at least an hour with the Lord every day in the Word and prayer. As I have developed that relationship I have learned that sometimes the Holy Spirit will prompt me to do things. And because I know the Lord, I know His voice. I have spent time with Him; I spend time in His Word. I know it is the Holy Spirit speaking to me. So as I am flying into a country I don’t want to be distracted by all the things, the movies and TV, and all that stuff. I want to be praying and saying, “Lord, please help me get through customs.”
One thing I do now is I pray, “Lord, wake up people at home to be praying me through the border as well,” so we can work together. So I am praying and saying, “Okay Lord, show me the strategy how to get through.” A lot of times He will prompt me to go to a certain line. It is training my ear to hear, and then the Holy Spirit will prompt me to do a certain thing. [I have felt] the Lord saying, “This is the way I am making for you.” It is really cool when you get through and you can say, “Okay Lord, that really was You speaking to me.” It is just fun.
(Read another story about Patrick here)
Todd: The verse that comes to mind is, “My sheep will know My voice,” You have invested the time to learn to hear that voice. So, that is one of the things I want to challenge our listeners to do. Just practice hearing God’s voice. I believe wholeheartedly that when we ask God to speak to us, He will do that. We as Christians in the United States need to learn to hear the voice of God the same way our brothers and sisters who are living day-to-day in danger and persecution hear it.
(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)