More than we may realize, very little do we really know God and hear Him. Sometimes when I am in an airport, I find myself turning up the volume on my cellphone as high as I can because the gate announcer is screaming, but still I can’t hear. Unless the noises around us are eliminated, we simply can’t hear the person on the other end.
“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Psalm 131:1-2)
Recently, I have been studying about knowing God and about prayer, and I’ve come upon this passage. Although I don’t have many regrets in my life, maybe one of the most serious regrets is not always taking the time to quiet myself before the Lord and hear what He has to say. Even when we pray, our minds can be like a a drama with multiple voices talking, arguing, thinking, making multiple mental notes–and God stands outside, desperately wanting us to hear His still, small voice.
Silence is the loudest prayer we can offer, because in silence the Holy Spirit reveals Christ’s current burdens to us. We then respond back to Him — sometimes without even fully understanding the prayers we pray.
I encourage you to take the time to be silent before the Lord and to listen for His voice. You will be surprised to hear God speaking things you haven’t heard before. And you will pray for things you never prayed before. For a world that is waiting to hear of Christ’s love, God is saying to us, “I am looking for someone to be still, be silent.” He is looking for someone who will try to find out what He is saying.
Thank you for standing in the gap through your prayers and support to see God’s kingdom advanced in Asia. I hope that as you will continue praying, you reflect on how He will use you for His glory.
- K.P. Yohannan