Silence in Prayer

Silence. We don’t have much of it in our world today. One cannot go anywhere in public without a constant barrage of noise from car stereos or cell phones ringing. This is one of the prices we pay for modern civilization. And the truth is, most of us want to be free to make our own noise, we just don’t always like the noises that other people make.

But the lack of silence is also costing us something. Often, it is in the silences that we can hear God speak.
I am not talking about hearing God’s audible voice. I have known a few times when reputable people told me that they heard an audible voice from God. I believe that they did. But God does not usually communicate that way. More often, the voice of God comes to us as a sense within our souls.

Now it isn’t always easy to be sure that what we “hear” in our soul isn’t just what we want to hear. That’s why we need the Bible and preaching of the Word and fellowship with wise brothers and sisters. Those voices help us discern the source of the voices we are hearing in our souls. They help us know better which voice is from God and which is just our own corrupt wishes talking.

And that is also why we need silence. Not just physical silence, but a quiet heart, a quiet mind. A part of our prayer life should be devoted to getting our own minds quiet so we can hear the Spirit of God within us. It is a part of the way that we pay attention to God, to what He is saying and doing.

Paul says that our bodies are the temple of the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). In Christ, you are God’s temple. And you know what the prophet says: “The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him” (Habakkuk 2:20). So as you pray this week, spend part of that time just being quiet. You might be surprised at what you will hear.

Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC

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