28 Mar The Practice of Stillness
So, how do we get comfortable being in the presence of God without saying a word? Here’s one method to practice: Set a timer for 5 minutes. (If this is your first time to try this, remember– feeling awkward is totally ok.) Try to do this before you read God’s word (after is ok, too!) and just sit in God’s presence. Close your eyes. Inhale and exhale. Open your hands and lay them palms up in your lap to help quiet your heart. Pray and say, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” (That’s what Samuel said in 1 Samuel 3:10) And sit in this stillness until the timer goes off.
If you’ve not done this before, you’ll first be aware of how much noise is in your head, how many distractions there are around you, and how much your mind wanders. But if you can do this and try to do it consistently– you may have to start with fewer minutes and work up to five– you’ll get there and you will start to long for solitude with God. And it will be something that turns your prayer life into the richest, most beautiful, dynamic love relationship and dance with the Lord.
God wants to respond to you. It might not be anything exactly relating to what’s on your mind and heart, but it will give you a word that he wants you to take with you about who he is. It might be something that will stir your heart in some way or ignite a passion in you, or it might convict your heart in some way. Ask God for a tender heart that is willing to listen to him and to obey him. That’s the key to hearing from God. That’s the key to listening to Jesus.
For more helpful instruction, click on the link in bio + click on this image to listen or watch Episode 75 | Listening to Jesus.
I love y’all!
xo – P♥️