Silence, Stillness, and Centering before God (2 minutes)
Prayer for Presence
Lord Jesus, I believe you want to speak to me in deep and profound ways this moment. May I be attentive to your loving and merciful voice.
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3
When we’re stressed – and who isn’t nowadays? – often our first inclination is to consult the latest ‘how to’ book or DVD, or seek out the camaraderie of Christian friends. Reimar Schultze observes:‘At best we get a splash of what we’re looking for.
Time about God never replaces time with God. Look around your church and tell me whether with all the religious books, CDs, and programs, there are any [that] come up to the stature of Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and Noah. God Himself has been, and always will be the greatest source of information, inspiration, transformation, and fellowship … Isaac was meditating in the fields when “he lifted up his eyes, and saw…” (Genesis 24:63).From being alone with God comes seeing … in our quiet moments He sets before us gifts and delicacies … hidden to the hurried man. The Bible says, “When [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray” (Matthew 14:23) … Many who came to see Jesus traveled for days, yet He sent them away so He could pray.
To get alone with God you have to send something away: relatives, friends, schedules … opportunities … other people’s opinions. That was true with Jesus. Many were offended by Him. He didn’t let people-pressure run His life; it was governed by His Father … [You can] become a slave to man, or live to meet God’s expectations. You can’t do both. If you do the latter, streams of living water will flow from your innermost being, and you’ll have power with God. He’ll reveal to you “hidden treasures, riches stored in dark places”.’
Heavenly Father, help me focus and be consumed with the real thing – YOU and YOUR word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Space for Reflection (take 2-3 minutes to be silent or write out your thoughts or prayers from the scripture passage or devotional)
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.