So you’ve set an appointment to meet with God in prayer. You’ve kept the appointment, and you have a list of things you want to talk with Him about—now what? How do you begin?
Too many times, we begin our time in prayer by listing every single item we need help with, pouring out our thoughts, and getting all worked up…when all the while, what our souls truly need is to be still. Being still and worshipping God should be the first step to our prayer time with Him.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Glorifying God is the most important aspect of our prayer time with Him. Instead of running in with our list, we are called to quiet our souls, still our thoughts, and recognize Him for who He is. This actually frees us up, in the end, because we gain the freedom that comes from letting go of everything else to focus on Him.
Some of us are in God’s way. Our default can be, “I’ve got to do this! I’ve got to go here. I’ve got to respond in this way.” What we really need to do is be quiet and be still. Some of the most powerful times we’ll have with God is when we encounter Him in the stillness.
Another reason stillness is so important in prayer is because prayer isn’t a monologue; it’s a dialogue. When you pray, please know God wants to speak to you. He wants to say something. As you’re reading and praying, listen. As you listen, write. Take note of what He wants to convey to you.
John 10:27-28 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Don’t you think the God who came to earth to save you, and who gave you eternal life, has some things He wants to share? Be still, and listen to Him; you’ll find yourself less stressed, more joyful, and more at peace when you first align your heart with His. Then, bring your requests to Him.