There is a kind of spiritual “hearing loss” that happens in prayer. We sometimes miss hearing what the Lord wants to say. There is a still small voice that comes to us when we come to Him in prayer, still and small, silent and humble. I have had to remind myself of this multiple times, to sit and listen. I often get too wrapped up in asking for the Lord’s guidance and giving Him my prayer requests, that I do not stop to listen to what He may ask of me.
When my pastor told me once that we should just sit still and be with God sometimes, I was confused. I didn’t understand how that would be better than communicating with Him. Now, I do. The way I see it, we honor God when we are quiet because we are respecting that it is His voice that is more important than ours. Plus, it is good just to be with Him without asking for anything and appreciating that He is always there for us. We can commune with God! Commune with our Creator! Webster’s Dictionary defines commune as intimate fellowship or rapport. What a privilege to be able to have that time with the Lord!
I just had a a thought.. What if God graded us on our listening skills? What if God wants to tell us something and He cannot because we are in a hurry with our prayer? We will never know unless we are quiet with Him. Our souls do need rest at times and it is very restful to sit with the Lord and appreciate that He is in control and He may have something to say. Prayer is all about Him. David acknowledges this often. He exalts God over and over for His faithfulness in answering prayers. David tells us what God says…
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV
Prayer can be a time of refreshing, not just requesting. Joy comes when we spend time with the One our soul loves. We can rest on His promises and rest in His presence. David almost repeats Himself in the same chapter below. He knows the value of praying with God and receiving rest and hope.
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1NIV
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5 NIV
How about we just stop the devotion here and leave more time for prayer? How exciting that we can be with God and we do not need to talk! Maybe we can strengthen our listening skills:) Maybe the Lord will ask us to do something for Him. What an honor!
One for the Journal- Write a prayer to God. Write to Him about your struggles and requests then praise Him for who He is. Now the best part. Sit still and just feel Him near. Think of all He has done for you. Rejoice in your heart that He lives there. Just be with Him. He may or may not have something to speak into your heart, but there is still so much rest and hope to be found in your quiet time with Him.
Have we told You lately how awesome You are? We will tell You again and again. You are beyond anything we deserve. You are always here for us. We want to be quiet more often in prayer and let You do the talking if You want. Teach us a new and better way to be with You. Calm our hearts and minds so we can feel Your presence fully. We always want more of You and we want to hear what You have to say always. We love You so much! Amen
Love and prayers to all,
Just me. Just His.