My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5
I have been reading a book on spiritual warfare by Cindy Trimm lately, and in the first few chapters, she discusses prayer. Ironically enough, prayer is one of the most vital weapons in the war we fight, and many of us do not know how to fully put it to use. It dawned on me that we often do not allow the reciprocation of the conversation with God, constantly praying and praying, then leaving our prayer spots to go forward with our days without allowing God to speak back to us. God does not only speak on Sundays, He is always speaking, always revealing His truths to us if we spend time in silence and listen.
My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. Psalm 130:5
I realized that I have a million thoughts constantly running through my mind and I am often distracted when waiting to hear an answer. In the immediate past I would never wait, and instead, God would speak to my heart or corner me when I’m on a plane headed somewhere. But now I have been trying to quiet my mind and focus on a scripture or just praising God so that I can more clearly hear from Him. We get so caught up in life and then when we are forced to make a decision, we make it in our flesh and own power and sometimes we miss the mark because we did not wait to hear God’s answer or direction for that particular thing. Psalm 37:7 says “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.” Its when we worry or act out of impatience that we get distracted and focused on other thoughts that we miss that nudging from God, that still, small voice, or quiet whisper that is telling us which way to go.
I sat on my bed yesterday and prayed then I sat to hear from God. I got distracted as one thought spawned another thought that lead me on a tangent away from my intended purpose. And here is the kicker: it is not always the enemy, but our own flesh that deceives us. Thoughts of food, lust, and other fleshly desires will keep trying to deter us from our desired goal of hearing a word from the Lord. We must take control over our minds, and renew them daily to put them in subjection to the voice and command of the Father. We can do it, and we can begin to break down great barriers to our success and thus win the war as long as we seek the Father with our victory over these distractions in mind.
“Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14