Friday, June 18, 2021
As the new year starts, we turn our attention to spending time in the secret place of the Most High. When we are still and quiet in God’s presence, he speaks to us, guides us, and fills us with his peace and joy. The noise that surrounds us often hinders our hearing from God. We need to put aside that turmoil and noise—television, radio, music, chatter, or simple busyness—to listen to him.
Elijah the prophet was able to hear the Almighty speak to him, not in the powerful windstorm, not in the earthquake, not in the fire, but only in God’s gentle whisper (1 Kings 19:11-12).
Quietness, the attitude of a learner, shows that we know we are indeed needy and that we are ready to hear and follow instructions.
Most Holy God, I come into your presence because of what your Son, my Lord, did for me on the cross. He opened the way for a sinner such as I to enter into the secret chambers of Almighty God. Thank you. Teach me to sit still and hear your comforting, assuring, and guiding voice. Be the focus of my attention and the center of my hopes and ambitions.
As Mary understood when she sat at Jesus’ feet, help me realize that only one thing is necessary. And may I choose that one thing, knowing it is best and shall not be taken away from me (Luke 10:42).
In the midst of my daily chores and responsibilities, give me grace to be in continual communication with you, my Master and my King. Help me to praise and adore you, to speak life and blessing to those whom I encounter, and to witness about your glory and love.
Father, I ask all this because of the merits of your righteous, holy Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Wait quietly for the LORD, be patient till he comes; do not envy those who gain their ends or be vexed at their success (Psalm 37:7, REB).