O how rare it is that the soul is sufficiently stilled to let God speak.” Francois Fenelon
I have always appreciated the Quaker’ approach to prayer how they quietly gather in small groups, sit in silence and await the voice of God. “Quaker’ prayer, notes Virginia Schurman, (a member of the organization ), is a prayer of quiet peace, of being in the Lord’s presence and of basking in His nearness and His Love. Even more, it is listening with the mind, heart and spirit and being made teachable. Most Quaker’s understand that being quiet in God’s presence is a powerful gift; that it is through silence that the Holy Spirit is heard and allowed to speak. It is an active surrendering, a listening stillness, a self-abandonment to Divine providence and this loving attentiveness and openness to God is beyond words.”
What a brilliant idea and a novel concept to sit in silence, lift one’s spirit to God’s, and simply await God’s Word. Because unfortunately, many of us, notes Kirk Byron Jones, are “walking storms, personal winds and waves of busyness, moving from one thing to the next with little or no time for respite,” much less for prayer.” In fact, my own devotional times have been bombarded with so many competing distractions that I am guilty of neglectful prayer.
In the maddening maze of things, though tossed by storm and flood. To one sure hope my spirit clings—I know that God is good. John Greenleaf Whittier
But fortunately, as I mature in faith, the better I understand that God’s ways are not my ways. That God is not impressed with my busyness or exhaustion and that life is more than simply a list of things to do. There is no doubt that there is a priority and order to God’s plan for our lives. To know that plan is to seek it in silence – in a quiet place of prayer and to make ourselves fully present to God. There, in the stillness, we can recall our “God Moments.” There, in calmness, we can remember God’s promises and faithfulness. There, in serenity, we can spiritually navigate the troubled seas and pressures of life. There, by God’s Grace, we can patiently await true peace that only comes from the Prince of Peace, who dwells in our heart by faith.
Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24
Beloveds, God is always speaking — Are you listening?
PRAYER SCRIPTURE: And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7