Have You Found a Quiet Place?admin888
Upon evaluating the prayer lives of Jesus, Abraham, Moses, David, Ezekiel, and other biblical figures, I saw that they used a similar pattern in prayer. Their prayers received God’s attention and produced powerful results. “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). I call their prayer pattern the “Twelve Action Steps to Prayer.”
First, prayer should begin with silence. We don’t normally make a practice of this, but it’s a very important aspect of prayer. To be silent means to gather oneself, to be still.
In Matthew 6:6, Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Jesus was telling us to go to a quiet, private place where we will not be disturbed. In New Testament times, most housetops were flat, and people often prayed on the roof. That was their quiet place.
You need a place of silence or isolation where you can pull your entire self together. Have you found your quiet place? For some people, it is in the living room or a chair in the corner of the bedroom. For others, it is outside, where they sense God’s presence in nature. If you haven’t found a quiet place where you can commune with the Lord, take time to find it today. In the coming days, you can meet your Father there in prayer.
Prayer: Father, I desire to begin my prayer times with you in contemplative silence. Help me to lay aside the distractions of this world to meet You in a quiet place.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Prayer necessitates collecting yourself by coming into a quiet place before God.
Reading: Deuteronomy 20–22; Mark 13:21–37