Monday, July 21, 2008

Weekly Prayer Thought

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6.6

Life is filled with bluster and noise. All around us we hear nothing but noise. We see nothing but garish exhibitions of attention grabbing hyperbole. Everywhere I go I am bombarded with media. There are very few opportunities for a quiet conversation, let alone silent reflection or thought.

Many of us fall into a trap that perpetuates this problem. In the car we play the radio. At home the television is on. At work we listen to an ipod. We are constantly filling our world with voices, music, talk, noise.

It seems harmless enough, but consider the following.
  • When we fill our world with noise, it becomes harder to hear the voice of God. Be quiet and listen to what God is saying. If you haven't heard God speak to you, maybe you are not listening.
  • When we are being noisy, we prevent others from hearing God. Never become a distraction that keeps another from the presence of God.Here is an assignment: Find a place to be quiet with the Lord. Go there and be quiet.

Speak to God, but more importantly, let Him speak to you. A little quiet will make all the difference in the world.

PRAYER: Silence makes us uncomfortable, O Lord. We are not used to quiet. We do not know what to do with stillness. Allow us to be still in your presence. Speak to us and let us hear your voice. Do not let us be distracted, or to be a distraction. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.

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