Here we touch the question of discipline in the spiritual life. A spiritual life without discipline is impossible. Discipline is the other side of discipleship. The practice of a spiritual disciple makes us more sensitive to the small, gentle voice of God.
The prophet Elijah did not encounter God in the mighty wind or in the earthquake or in the fire, but in the small voice (see 1 Kings 19: 9-13). Through the practice of a spiritual discipline we become attentive to that small voice and willing to respond when we hear it.
Recall a time when you have been attentive to that still, small voice and reflect on how you have responded.