What praying really is

Somehow, we’ve been led to believe that praying is always about the words we speak. As you study God’s Word, however, you will discover that it is often our silence that the Lord desires. The prophet Zephaniah wrote:

“Hold your peace at the presence of the Lord God…” (Zephaniah 1:7)

As you spend time with God and He begins to fill you with His presence, the abundance leaves no more room for words. Yet in your silence, you are in total communication with the Lord. God’s presence calms the soul and stills the activities of the flesh.

Prior to this moment, you were praying through personal effort and self. Then the Lord walks in and everything stops. When the presence of the Spirit arrives, you know it’s time to be silent. That is when true fellowship begins.

Don’t fear when the Lord wants to take you into the “wilderness”. It’s a place of isolation where God can talk one-on-one with you. Speaking of Israel, the Lord said:

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.” (Hosea 2:14)

When God has your complete attention, when your mind is inactive, and self is not in control, the Lord will begin His fellowship with you.

When quietness comes, the Spirit begins talking. Job said, “…there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying…” (Job 4:16)

If you truly want to hear from the Lord, allow everything around you to come to a halt.

“Be still, and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:1)

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