My friend, may I ask you a question? How does noise affect our prayer life? When it comes to our need to respond to God’s request that we come to Him in frequent prayer, is noise also factor with our ability or willingness to devote ourselves to heeding His command?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford 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. Four out of five individuals sitting at the library tables 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, only two out of five students picked up the book. Noise affects us even to the point of shaping our ability to respond to need.
How does noise affect our prayer life? When it comes to our need to respond to God’s request that we come to Him in frequent prayer, is noise also factor with our ability or willingness to devote ourselves to heeding His command?
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.
We pray. Heavenly Father. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Lord, when in our busy lives we don’t take the time to stop and reflect on Your awesomeness, knowing You becomes more and more difficult as our lives increasingly become more about us and less about You. Forgive us Father when it’s discovered that there’s no grass growing on our spiritual path to worshiping You? It is so sad when we can’t remember the last time we took the time to sit quietly in Your presence. May our path to spiritual quietness be well worn as we seek-out the comfort and peace that only quiet time with You, our God, can give us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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