Practicing Silence Before God
Sometimes it helps to hear what others are doing when you’re trying out a spiritual discipline.
I have to admit, at first I felt a bit apprehensive about just sitting quietly before God. But, I decided to not let my fears stop me from pursing this time with Him and pressed ahead. Here’s what I do to be quiet before the Lord.
First of all, I get into a comfortable position. You can sit on the floor, in a comfy chair, kneel, whatever seems to fit the moment. I quiet my mind by following up on a suggestion from Pastor Ron Stohler at my church. He uses a breathing or centering prayer to quiet himself. Very simply, you choose a short verse like Psalm 46:10. You breathe in and as you do this you would say, “Be still and know,” then you exhale and as you do this you say “that I am God.” Do this a few times until you feel quieted and at peace.
Next, I just ask God to tell me what He wants me to hear this day, what’s important for me to know. Then I wait. Sometimes a verse of scripture will pop into my head. Sometimes a word, like forgiveness or courage. Sometimes God will reveal a sin that I need to confess. Sometimes a person will come to mind. I pray for insight as to what I need to do.
Next I will write down what God has shown me, because I’ve found that I quickly forget if I don’t record it! I purchased a small spiral notebook that I use just for this time.
Finally, I thank God for that time with Him, and that’s it. This time can be as long or as short as you want it to be. Each day may be different. One thing to keep in mind is to know that God will never reveal anything to you in this quiet time with Him that violates scripture. Use scripture as your safety net as you are practicing these times of silence and solitude. Reject any thoughts that are contrary to scripture and move on.
I pray these suggestions help you. Some like to quiet themselves with music. You may have other things that work for you. Please leave a comment and share them with us if you can.