Solitude & Silence – Honestly   2 comments

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Much of our prayer and worship is within a community.  We sing hymns together. We voice prayers together. We build relationships with fellow believers. Yet sometimes our relationship with God can best be deepened by time spent alone. Some people find solitude more congenial than others.  Not all of us are natural solitaries. But solitude is not yet prayer; it is a way into prayer. Solitude is a door.

When you open the door of solitude, you may find another door behind it.  That is the door of silence. Silence, too, is an environment for prayer. In silence we put ourselves in touch with God and also with our deeper selves.  Thoughts long buried come to the surface.  Long-repressed feelings bubble up. Silence exposes certain issues in our lives, and almost without effort, what is most important comes to the forefront. Now we can place that “most important issue” before God as we pray.

Doors into Prayer – An Invitation
Emilie Griffin

The second paragraph is why it is hard for me to “be still and know that He is God”.  The exposure of my “self” is too overwhelming to deal with.  I would rather have my 30 minute devotions where I read for 15-20 minutes and pray for 10 minutes and off I go. Devotions. Check. Next item on the list…

Solitude, Silence, Being Still – Scarey things.  We are made to be community minded, family oriented, relational people. Busyness is a way of life.  Or is it?  Just because I am community minded, family oriented and relational doesn’t mean I MUST be busy. Is busyness my excuse not to be still?  Do I need busyness intervention?  I know my heart needs this intervention.  My spiritual life will dry up and die without it.

This week has been a week of reflection and examination of the state of my spiritual walk with the Lord.  The Lord has been asking for some heart issues to be exposed and to be dealt with.  As much I as would like to resist, I need this probing examination. Thank you Lord for stopping me in my tracks and showing me areas of need – intervening with gentle reminders.  In your presence is fullness of joy.

Psalm 16

1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, You are my Lord;I have no good apart from you. 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;their drink offerings of blood I will not pour outor take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;you hold my lot. 6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;in the night also my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the Lord always before me;because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,or let your holy one see corruption. 11 You make known to me the path of life;in your presence there is fullness of joy;at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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Posted June 28, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus, Prayer, Quotes, Solitude, Thoughts, Worship

2 responses to “Solitude & Silence – Honestly

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  1. “I have no good apart from you” I need to know that more and more…blessings on you dear sister.

  2. “I have set the Lord always before me”
    I love this verse as it reminds and challenges me to be about ONE thing–seeking hard after the Lord Jesus! Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…

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