Most Christians want to hear and know the voice of God and God certainly wants to speak to his people. But many believers get sidetracked by an idol — a favorite minister, teacher or evangelist — who speaks only good things to them. In order to know the Father’s voice, one must go directly to him without a middleman.
God desires to speak to you as if you were sitting down to dinner with him. He wants to converse with you heart to heart, on any and all matters. The Bible says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
This verse is often applied to the unsaved; we speak of Jesus standing at the door of the sinner’s heart, seeking entrance. But Christ is speaking to the believer! The context shows that he is talking to those who are clothed in white garments (righteousness), who have bought gold refined in the fire, whose eyes are anointed (having revelation), and are loved, reproved and chastened (see verses 18-19). These are repentant, holy people who want to know the voice of God!
The door referenced in verse twenty represents a commitment — one that many Christians have not yet fully made. You pray to God and ask for advice and direction but he wants more! He wants your closeness, your deepest emotions. He wants to sit with you and share all that is in his heart.
Jesus is standing at the door knocking, inviting you to open the door. He is asking for a commitment of faith that says you will open up your heart, soul and mind to him. In his presence, shut in with him alone, you will get to know him. And you will learn to know his voice — the voice of the one who loves you enough to keep knocking.