I thought I would start this post off right off the bat with a challenge, one that I have been doing for a few weeks now. I am loving it!!
Here is the challenge: Have moments of silence.
That can either be totally scary and boring or it can sound completely amazing to you. For me it sounded scary and daunting, I am not really a fan of silence because then I will just think way to much about everything. Overthinking is my super power, what can I say, I should be an Avenger. I definitely couldn’t save the world with that power, but I would have a pretty cool suit.
I took this challenge because I craved hearing Gods voice so much that the fear of letting the silence take hold of me was pushed to the side.
I want to hear God speak to me so much I had to jump over the hurdle of overthinking and lay that at His feet before I even started this challenge. Because before you go before God you have to make sure you are also giving everything over to Him.
I recently finished the study “Discerning The Voice Of God” by Priscilla Shirer. Few words about this study. Best. Study . Ever. If I could recommend one study to anyone it would be this one. It applies to any season of life, because hearing God and his loving voice is the only thing that can prepare us and guide us in every aspect of life. Further in the study Priscilla challenges us to have time in silence, to leave real room for God to speak.
I picked a time everyday to just be in silence. No music, no one else, no TV, nothing. Now every morning when I get ready for work I am totally silent. I invite the silence that way I am completely ready to hear anything God is trying to tell me, ask me, or just talk to me about. But I don’t just stand there getting ready just thinking “oh well God please say something”. I prepare myself by asking God to heighten my spiritual senses to be able to hear Him better and I clearly invite the Holy Spirit into that place. That place is a place of worship and relationship.
It is worship because your showing reverence in the place you have invited the Holy Spirit into while being silent and fully giving that moment to Him. Worship isn’t just singing songs in church, our lives are a form of worship to our Father. By being silent and letting Him lead your life into His will and that will give Him glory.
Have you ever had a friendship with someone and only you talked? Like that is it, you asking them for something or talking something out with them and you not even listening to what they say. Our prayer life can get like that too. I don’t know about you, but that is a hard pill to swallow. I want my relationship with God to be as abundant as it can, and if I am not leaving room for Him to speak how am I supposed to know how to move?
Communication is a two way street, but sometimes in our relationship with God we let our communication with God be a one way highway. Its only us that talk, and we talk fast. We ask, we cry out, we speed up our prayers. But if we aren’t leaving any room for Him to speak and lead the way how is the relationship forming? Without leaving room for Him to speak clearly and lovingly we may be missing the clear answer and loving guidance.
One thing I do know is that it isn’t our fault that we aren’t used to silence. We feel like silence is awkward, weird, and useless, but often times God moves the most in the silence. We are so used to something always happening. The TV always being on, music always playing, people talking, or here is one that stings me– always on our phone. Now there is always something there to fill the void of silence and something to occupy our time. I’m not just talking about actual sound, but also action. We try and fill our time with a busy schedule, a TV show to watch, errands to run, people to hang out with, and if those aren’t filling up our time then we reach for our phones to fill the time with an endless scroll. I know good and well that when I don’t have anything to do I reach for my phone and scroll. It not a good habit and this girl wants to break it.
(Another mini challenge I have been doing is deleting my social media on Sundays. I get rid of those distractions on that day to make sure I am really focused, and listening to God.)
Psalm 62:5 ” For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.”
Habakkuk 2:20 “But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.”
Luke 5:16 “But he would withdraw to a desolate place and pray.”
We fight the silence by filling the silence, but what if instead of fighting it we just invite it and let God use that time to speak to us and pour into us? Just by having that amount of time in silence in the mornings I have heard God speak about a lot of different things. It has become one of my favorite times in the day. But it isn’t the only time I am silent, I try and constantly be in prayer and conversation with God.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
In those times of prayer I also have moments of silence. I seek, then wait. I praise, then wait. I ask, then wait. I repent, then wait. There should always be room in prayer for Him to speak back.
My morning silence first starts with me asking in prayer for my spiritual senses to be heightened, for my heart to be in the right place, and asking if there is anything specific that I need to be listening for. Then I just simply talk to God and leave moments of nothing, so that I can hear what He wants me to hear. And in turn, do what He wants me to do.
Maybe you just need an actual silent prayer, where you just sit and wait. Because He knows your hearts desires, and if they are aligned with His will then they will happen.
Even in the silence the Spirit is deep within us and brings our hearts desires up our Father. Don’t we want to hear from our Father? Hear His will? His ways? Have His leading? As children of God we long to hear from our Father and maybe by just being silent is the way He is about to talk to you and lead you into something amazing. God can work in anything, and He can work even in the silence. It isn’t really silence if you are hearing Him speak.