The following is an excerpt from our daily devotional “Fellowship with the Father,” written by IFA contributing writer Remco Brommet.
After we have come into His Presence by setting our hearts on Him, clearing our schedules, eliminating distractions, and dedicating a place to meet with Him, our first order of business with Him is to be still.
Pray for your fellow intercessor.
Psalm 46:6,8,10 says: “The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts… Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth… Be still, and know that I am God…”
Be still! That’s probably one of the hardest concepts to embrace in our day and age of ceaseless hustle and bustle, noise, and constant interaction with the visuals of our smartphones, TVs and computers.
So, what is being still, and how do we do it?
Being still is mostly an attitude. Cease your striving. Cease your doing. Cease your busy running around. Set your to-do list aside. Take your eyes and mind of the constant distractions that present themselves daily. Incline your ear to me. (remember Isaiah 55:3 from yesterday?)
Cease even to give voice to your list of daily prayers and concerns. Yes, you heard that right. Sometimes our prayer lists and incessant talking to God can keep us from being still!
Being still is the prerequisite for listening. It involves inclining your ear, and blocking out everything else so you can listen better. For God imparts to you, speaks to you, reveals to you, discloses His heart to you in a whisper. Why? A whisper makes you strain to hear, and as a result you’ll pay attention better!
Remember Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-18? God didn’t come to him in a storm, an earthquake, or a fire, but in a gentle breeze. A soft whisper.
It may take some getting used to, but practice stillness. Without it you won’t be able to listen to what God wants to whisper to you, and without listening, you’ll miss the best God has to offer in our turbulent times.
Today’s Prayer Assignment
Look at your schedule for today, and the next couple of days, and block some time for you to go to a quiet place in the house, the backyard, or somewhere in nature where you can be still. If you are a husband and wife with small children, you may have to take turns keeping the kids at bay for each other. If you are a single mom or dad with small children, you may have to find some time to be alone with God while they are asleep or enlist the help of a babysitter.
Separate yourself from your cellphone, and any other electronic distractions.
Have a Bible and a journal at hand.
And be still. Don’t pray, don’t ask. Just be still. Be in the moment. Focus on pleasant sights and smells in the room or in nature and become aware of how they draw you to their creator.
Perhaps you do not hear God’s whispering voice in your spirit just yet and there are no great revelations to write down. That’s ok. Just be still, draw near and become aware of His presence. The rest will come.
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Author Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years’ experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the US. Born and raised in the Netherlands and pastoring his first church in Amsterdam, he moved to the US in 1986. He and his wife Jennifer currently live north of Atlanta, GA When not writing books, he blogs and assists his wife as content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: Canva.