Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional: Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-18
Reflection: God used both Elijah and Jesus in amazing ways, and
both suffered deeply. Yet their encounters with God were very
different. After the showdown with Baal’s prophets in which Elijah
showed that Baal was a powerless idol, you would expect him to
have been elated. But he had received a death threat from the
queen and ran into the wilderness depressed, alone, and defeated.
Then God revealed God’s Self to him – not in glorious
manifestations, but in a gentle whisper – and this empowered him
for ministry again. In Jesus’ case, the encounter came when things
were going well in his ministry.
But, he knew he had to face a sacrificial death, and so God prepared him for the coming ordeal.
This encounter was glorious and powerful, with bright light, loud
voices, and the appearance of two great heroes from the past. And it
seemed to empower Jesus to face the road he was called to follow.
It’s tempting, when we experience God in a powerful or significant
way, to think that everyone should have the same experience. Then,
when others encounter God in different ways, or through different
expressions of worship and devotion, we easily judge them as
inadequate, or as not open to God’s move.
Yet, the Scriptures reveal that God sometimes comes to us in dramatic manifestations,
and sometimes in quiet, gentle whispers. Neither is better than the
other. They are just different, and are tailored to our specific needs.
The key is to learn to be open to God’s gracious visitations
whenever and however they may come, and to receive whatever
strength and inspiration we need.
How can you open yourself to encounter God again today?
Practice for Today: In the lives of both Jesus and Elijah it was the
discipline of prayer that kept them available to receive God’s
visitations. When we make prayer – both speaking and listening – a
regular feature of our lives, we remain open to any divine
encounters that may come. Today, allow your prayer life to prepare
you to meet with God throughout the day.
Breath-Prayer for Today: Prepare my heart, O God, that I may be
ready when you choose to reveal yourself to me.
2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.