Most people on this board (myself included) that were or are JW's certianly tried earnestly and hard to do this, many spent decades looking for confirmation and experienced nothing like you describe why did god not speak to them TEC?
I thought most jw's just listened to what they were told by the GB, the elders, the magazines. If anything had gone against what was written, would you have believed what you heard, or dismissed what you heard as a 'demon'?
If you are speaking about afterward, when you tried to pray and be guided without looking to the WTS and all it entails... what exactly were you looking for as confirmation?
Again, just curious, to understand better.
I looked at Christ. Only Christ. He is the Truth, the Word, the Image of God... so while it might have been hard at times (and can be so still) to forget what anyone else is saying or teaching (baggage), I did understand that there was no where else to look other than Christ. No one else to turn TO... other than Christ... for truth and life.
He said this:
If you love me you will obey my command. I will ask the father and he will give you another counsellor to be with you forever - the spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.
If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
(Christ speaks, btw. It is not generally God... because Christ has been granted all authority. So it is Christ. And not jehovah... and it is not the name pronunciation that I am harping on; but rather the attributes that are given to that name, by those who taught you about that one.)
A person not hearing does not mean that He is not speaking though. It is hard to hear the Spirit (of Truth: Christ)... if one is listening to a lie. The lies are loud and many. But I can only offer suggestions and share what happened with me. I can't actually answer for you. You would have to ask for yourself, and look within yourself.
Peace to you,