21 Days of Prayer: August 9

Day Four

I love summer.  Summer has a rhythm.  All seasons have rhythms.  The beat of summer is slow and sweet like a slow and steady rain shower on a warm summer day…but the end of summer and beginning of Fall marks the season when the rhythm gets a little faster…and that rhythm can feel like the beating of a heavy, turbulent storm or a frantic hurried heart.  And because of this faster rhythm we feel pressure to Do more, and to move Faster.  We are all multitaskers in a society that expects and applauds multitasking.  We admire the efficiency of doing several things at one time.  But just because you are capable of doing more than one thing at a time, doesn’t mean you always SHOULD.  Emily Freeman says “We live frantic lives and our insides are shaking from the chaos inside.”

Isaiah 30:15 says “The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says, “Only in returning to Me and waiting for Me will you be saved.  In quietness and confidence is your strength.”

I Kings 19 tells us that God didn’t speak to Elijah the prophet in an earthquake, a strong wind or a fire.  God spoke to Elijah in stillness.  Silence and stillness can serve as a colander.  When we are silent and still, we trust the Lord to provide the strength.  In taking time to be with Him the unnecessary falls away and the necessary remains.  Ask the Lord to give you the faith to be still in His presence.  Read through Isaiah 30:15 and pray that your strength in getting through today would come from being quiet and confident in your Sovereign and Holy Lord.  Spend the day finding opportunities to return to the Lord in quietness and confidence.

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