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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Making Time To Be Quiet

In review of Matthew 6:6 it says, “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.”

Bottom Line:
When you pray, get away to a quiet place.  Pray privately to your father who is with you. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.


What this means to me:
This verse reminds me that when I pray, I need to seclude myself to quiet place where I can’t be distracted.  Then pray as simply and as honestly as I can.  Allow the focus shift from me to God.  If I can do this then I’ll be able to sense his grace.  Scripture tells me that I won’t hear God speak if there’s a bunch of noise going on in my life.  To hear from God, I need to get alone and get quiet, and thus have “quiet time.”  Jesus says it like this in Matthew 6:6: “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace” (MSG).  One of the key things I need to keep in mind is that God wants to meet with me. I’m not waiting on God; rather he’s is waiting on me. God made me to have a relationship with him. He wants me to spend time with him on a daily basis. He wants me to schedule a date with him every day. God is waiting. Typically I break my quiet time up into two blocks when I’m not traveling. One of scripture reading/prayer and one of scripture decomposition / lessons learned from it. The first part I do at home where it is quiet.  The second part I do at a Starbucks while enjoying my first cup of coffee. Starbucks is not the most quiet place on earth. For the most part I can tune out what’s taking place, but it still affects me. I will consider what I can do to make it quieter, perhaps putting in earbuds to deaden some of the noise. In summary, to hear from God, I need to be quiet so that I can hear.

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