Psalm 46: 10 “Be still, and know that I am God”
Most days I write out a prayer to God. It’s not the only prayer I pray throughout the course of a day, but as part of my quiet time I send God an email (or letter) in my journal.
Earlier this week, before I started my quiet time, I paused. I slowed down. I looked out of the window of my home office. We live on the top of a hill, so I can see through the heads and out to the ocean. It’s an inspiring view that I’m grateful for.
So often my prayers are lists of things which are overwhelming me or things I need the Lord for. Not this day. This day was paragraph after paragraph of praise. My petitions didn’t seem so important. That’s the effect of the “pause.”
It allows us to focus on God, rather than what we need from Him. It allows us to talk with God, rather than at Him. The key to the pause is to focus on God. It is not an emptying of yourself, but allowing yourself to reflect on and enjoy the presence of God.
Try to “pause” this week. Focus on God first and I wonder if your prayer, like mine, might look a little different.