I’m at a retreat for youth pastors at Hidden Acres Christian Camp and we’ve been discussing spiritual growth for leaders with Larry Austin, who is currently the pastor of missional discipleship at First Evangelical Free Church in Ames, IA.  In particular we talked about silence and listening prayer tonight.  How often do we just quiet ourselves before the Lord so we can hear His voice?  I’m afraid I don’t do that very often.  I have noise all around me… and if it isn’t external, then it is internal.  Ticking off my to do list, thinking about a recent conversation I’ve had, a problem I have to solve, or even a disagreement I’ve had with my wife.

But we do need to slow down, we do need to listen.  We had a chance to put it into practice tonight, and I admit it was very hard to do even for an hour.  But I do intend on practicing this discipline on a regular basis.  I need to.

Consider the following Psalm.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress, (Psalm 46:1-11, ESV).

Even when our world seems to be collapsing around us.  Even when we are going through trials.  God is our refuge!  He is our strength!  He wants us to rest in Him and just… shut up (my kids are now horrified as they get in trouble when they say this).  He wants us to know Him, but sometimes we are just too busy to do just that.

Is it hard for you to slow down and be silent?  Is this a discipline that you regularly practice?  Am I the only one who struggles with this?

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4 comments
  1. Hey – I really enjoyed the conference – wish I didn’t have to leave. I enjoyed my time of silence last night. It was good talking to you a bit. I appreciate your heart and mind (you have a good combo there). I’m at Mayo Hospital and my dad is in surgery – all is well so far.

  2. Hey – I really enjoyed the conference – wish I didn’t have to leave. I enjoyed my time of silence last night. It was good talking to you a bit. I appreciate your heart and mind (you have a good combo there). I’m at Mayo Hospital and my dad is in surgery – all is well so far.

  3. Hey – I really enjoyed the conference – wish I didn’t have to leave. I enjoyed my time of silence last night. It was good talking to you a bit. I appreciate your heart and mind (you have a good combo there). I’m at Mayo Hospital and my dad is in surgery – all is well so far.

  4. Hey – I really enjoyed the conference – wish I didn’t have to leave. I enjoyed my time of silence last night. It was good talking to you a bit. I appreciate your heart and mind (you have a good combo there). I’m at Mayo Hospital and my dad is in surgery – all is well so far.

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