As a young child, Samuel, the Lord spoke to him in the night, but he was not yet spiritually discerning enough to determine the word of God. Just like Samuel we need to listen to the Lord, to hear what he has to say to us as we see his guidance and direction. We must also pray but also take the quiet time to listen to the Lord. In our days, God also speaks to us and he does it primarly through his word, revealing God through the scriptures that he has still inspired for us today.