Before You Pray…

When I talk to God, I have a hard time quieting down.  It’s difficult to not be interrupted by all kinds of good things that invade my thinking.  Good stuff that is not necessarily – at that moment – important God things distract me.  And…I just betcha you know what I’m talking about.  God said, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Personally, I’ve discovered that quieting myself is essential to “knowing” Him.  Quieting myself is essential to “making contact” in a way that feels alive and personal.

I heard a man named Vance Havner (a great teacher) say, “Mark it down.  Good is the worst enemy of best.”  I’ve found that to be true over and over again.  Personally, I like to fix a cup of coffee.  Go to my computer.  Look for some good peaceful music, and with a pad of paper (or some kind of task list on my computer desk top) sit quietly, sip my coffee, and just sit there peacefully and quietly.  Frankly, it is essential to do this either early in the morning, or in the evening just before going to bed.  The reason is because early in the morning, busy-ness has not yet started, and later at night you know there is nothing more you are responsible for until the next day.  Your mind “justifies” a lack of tasking at those moments.

I’ve also found a couple of great internet sites with worshipful, “soaking” kind of music.  Soaking.Net and S.W.A.P. You can find some of my favorites by going to my YouTube Channel (The button under my picture above). After I’ve allowed myself 10 or 15 minutes to just “chill” (all the while focusing my heart on God in inner worship), I will then either open my actual bible or go to a bible on the internet (like Crosswalk) usually to a Psalm and slowly read it as a prayer to the Lord.  And, I’ll spend some time just turning the phrases that stand out over and over in my mind.  That simple procedure really helps me get quiet.  You see…it’s not those times that I focus on studying the Word.  Instead it’s that necessary “quieting my mind and heart time” with God.  It’s just sitting in the room with Him.  Often without words.

It’s at those times that I often have those disrupting “good action/responsibility” thoughts.  And, they are usually good things.  But, at that moment, not God things.  So, that is where the pad and pen, or computer task list comes in.  When the thought arrives, I write it down.  And, somehow that takes care of it.  The reason the good thoughts become distracting is because my mind thinks that if I don’t act on them right away, I will forget to do it.  When you write it down, your mind accepts the fact that you’ll have a reminder for later.

It’s so important to have times of Soul Quiet with the Lord.  The more you function that way, the more you’ll ultimately hear Him at other times.  I know it to be true.  I’ve experienced it.

Please comment at the top of this post on “methods” that help you quiet your mind before the Lord.  Also please don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE.  I think you’ll be glad you did.  I’ll we waiting to hear your experiences of successfully quieting yourself before the Lord and how that’s helped your life.  We all learn from each other.  Also select the YouTube button.  It’ll take you to my channel and some of the soaking prayer videos I’ve made.

Gary