There are few things that help so much for conversing with Christ as silence.
The silence I speak of is the inner silence of the heart without which the voice of Christ will simply not be heard. This inner silence is very hard to achieve for most of us. Close your eyes for a moment and observe what is going on within you.
What is the concerning, repetitive thought?
The chances are you will be submerged in a sea of thoughts that you are powerless to stop. Talk, talk, talk. Noise, noise, noise. My own inner voice competing with the remembered voices and images of others, all clamoring for my attention.
What chance does the subtle, unobtrusive voice of God stand in all this din and bustle?
~ Anthony de Mello, Contact with God