Imagine two people in a room together. One is trying to whisper a secret to the other. If the room is filled with a loud noise, even though the message is being communicated, the one waiting for the secret information will miss it simply because the room is so noisy he can’t hear it. Unless he is paying close attention, he may not even realise that he is being spoken to. That’s the way it is with communication between God’s Spirit and our spirit. The ways of the Holy Spirit are gentle; most of the time He speaks to us in “a still small voice.” It is therefore vital that we learn to keep ourselves in a condition conducive to hearing.
Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind, 1995, Oklahoma: Harrison House, p.81