Communing with God – Being Still

May 19th, 2009 by Henry Clay

One thing that can help you if your prayer time has become sterile and dry is to be quiet for a bit at the beginning of your time with God. Completely still and quiet. It is a conscious turning away from everything and everyone else in your life.

“Cease striving and know that I am God. I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Ps. 46:10)


“My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation.” (Ps. 62:1)

“There will be silence before Thee, and praise in Zion, O God; and to Thee the vow will be performed.” (Ps. 65:1)

“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way.” (Ps. 37:7)

Don’t rush in to His presence and just start talking. Try getting completely quiet before Him. This may take quite a bit of effort, since as soon as you try to be still, many thoughts crowd into your mind. What helps me is to talk myself through it, like the psalmist would talk to his own soul: “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.” (Ps. 116:7)

Just keep telling yourself, “Shh, this isn’t the time for talking or noise. Just be quiet. Shh. Don’t even pray. Don’t praise or thank or anything. Not right now.” As thoughts come up about your worries or your day, put them off. “Not now. We’ll get to that later. Right now, shhh.”

Try to go a couple of minutes in complete silence, waiting on the Lord, hushing all of your thoughts. Realize He is there, but don’t say anything to Him or even to yourself just yet except to tell yourself to be still. Enjoy this moment of stillness in His presence for a bit. Then move in to a time of praise, reading a psalm, thanksgiving, or bringing some requests to God.

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