My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to our need to respond to God’s request that we come to him in frequent prayer, is noise a factor in our ability to devote ourselves repeatedly to heeding his command? Does noise affect the frequency of our ability or willingness to pray?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
We live in a pretty noisy world. I recently read that a study was done with young people in a college library to discover how noise affects peoples’ emotions. A student dropped a book as she passed the library tables where students were studying. Five of the seated students witnessed the dropped book and broke with their studies. Four out of five individuals responded by picking up the book and giving it back to the girl. However, when a vacuum cleaner was run through the library at the same time the girl passed and dropped the book, even though each of the seated students clearly witnessed the dropped book, this time only two out of five students responded by offering aid to pick up the book. In this case it was fairly evident that background noise was the primary reason why only two students offered help in the second instance as compared to four the first time. Apparently, noise affects us even to the point of shaping our ability to respond to a need that is apparent, even compelling.
Noise has a multiplicity of effects on all of us. It may cause us to be far less efficient emotionally than we should be as in the case of those library students. Even more alarming, It may even be a factor in our spiritual lives. For example, does noise affect our ability to pray in earnestness and sincerity? When it comes to our need to respond to God’s request that we come to him in frequent prayer, is noise also a factor in our ability or willingness to devote ourselves repeatedly to heeding his command? Does noise affect the frequency of our ability or willingness to pray?
Here’s a story. African missionaries tell the story of early African converts to Christianity who were earnest and regular in private devotions. Taking the preacher’s admonition that they should pray often but not do so publicly so as to avoid pride, they would take great effort to search out quiet spots in which to offer their prayers to God. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. Day after day, month after month and year after year, they would take the same path to their quiet spot. Over time the paths to these places became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, “Brother, the grass grows on your path.” (Today in the Word, June 29, 1992.)
The Bible tells us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). When in our busy lives we don’t take the time to stop and reflect on the awesomeness of our God, knowing Him becomes more and more difficult. Is there grass growing on your spiritual path? When was the last time you took time to sit quietly in the presence of God? May your path to spiritual quietness be well worn as you seek out the comfort and peace that only quiet time with God can give. Beat a path to a quiet place and share this time with God.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we all lead busy lives, lives that are often filled with a lot of noise. It seems that everywhere we go there is noise, that which we make and that which we don’t. Sometimes it seems that we become numb to it, even oblivious? Forgive us Father when neglect to remove the noise out of our lives to give us a better and more frequent opportunity to share our prayers with you. Guide us Father to seek out a quiet time without the noise of this world to distract us from your presence. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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