Prayer and Meditation
But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. - Habakkuk 2:20
Although we don’t think about it much, our communication with God consists of two equally important parts: prayer and meditation. Prayer is talking to God. Most of us have this aspect down. Meditation is listening to God. And it’s here that most of us need a bit of work.
Have you ever been in a relationship where the other person does all the talking? It gets old fast, doesn’t it? The one up side is you become a good listener while the other person gets everything off his/her chest. But there’s a down side too: always listening and never talking leads you to begin to feel unknown, a little unloved, and sometimes, even used.
Now, think about how this applies to your relationship with God. Are you doing all the talking, without ever taking the time to listen? If you’re sharing with Him from the depths of your heart, that’s fantastic! By all means, keep it up. Just make sure, that you also take the time to use the ears of your heart to listen to God as well.
Remember, God tends to speak with a still, small voice; He very rarely shouts at His children. I heard it explained this way once, “God is a gentleman.” That’s why meditation is such an important aspect of prayer. It teaches you to develop a quiet, patient heart and an open, attentive ear. These are essential components to growing in your walk with the Lord.
“Silence is deep as eternity; speech is shallow as time.” - Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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