And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
Thought for the Day: God answers prayers through those around us.
I have truly enjoyed my time recently taking my folding chair down by the creek to sit and pray. It has become a place that, even having other houses nearby, gives me solitude and a feeling that it is just God and me in the midst of the running creek, blowing breeze, and scampering animals. Needing to pray recently, I headed down with my chair and as I walked I immediately heard the hammering of nails as a roof was being replaced at one of the houses nearby. I was disappointed as I realized I would not be able to be quiet with God in the way I wanted. After sitting for a few minutes, my mind going a lot of directions, I kept going back to the sound of the hammer. Then, I concentrated on God and prayed the words I wanted to Him. After a few minutes, I opened my eyes and realized that as hammering continued at that house I had been lost in God. My mind and heart completely blocked out that hammering for those few minutes. The Spirit, I believe, blocked the sound where I could be in solitude with God.
In today’s world, it seems to get more difficult to find the time and place to pray. The sounds tend to bring our minds to our modern place as we hear new sounds and wonder what they are, when we hear siren’s in the distance and wonder who is in need (I try to say a prayer for that person), or when we hear construction sounds nearby and we can’t quite find our “Quiet Place”. After that experience, I realized that if we really want to talk to God, we can even through those noises. We sit, relax, close our eyes, and let the Spirit do the work of blocking the sound. Then, we can find ourselves in our “Quiet Place” with God where we can have deep conversation with Him.
Prayer: God, thank You for surrounding us with your spirit to help us become quiet when we talk to You. Help us to always know that when we talk to you that you are there and you will help us in our need to pray. Be with us as we find our “Quiet Place” today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Finding Your Quiet Place