‘Be still and know that I am God!’ Psalm 46:10
‘Be still’ comes from the Hebrew term ‘raphah’ which means to slacken, let down or cease. In latin it means vacate.
When talking about prayer, Simon Tugwell states ‘God invites us to take a holiday (vacation), to stop being God for a while, and let him be God’. The posture of being still involves us letting go and releasing.
Being still is not about sitting quietly and emptying our minds. It is an act of attention and intention. Prayer allows us the opportunity to simply let go and release the grip life can have on us, while actively focusing on who God is.
Sometimes we can lose sight of the value of prayer because we don’t see instant, tangible results. It can feel like we are just talking to ourselves, involving ourselves in a process that can seem more like a duty than anything else.
However, it is simply in spending time with God that we are transformed from the inside out. Not with a click of the fingers, but through a sustained daily relationship. We are often told ‘You are just like your Mother/Father’. We embody the traits and qualities of our families without even realising it. Philip Yancey writes ‘A child does not decide, ‘I think I will imitate Dad’, and then go about practising posture, mannerisms and voice inflections that bear an uncanny resemblance to his Dad. He absorbs family traits unconsciously, by sustained contact’. As we spend time in God’s presence, we become more and more like Him. Prayer helps bring our vision in line with God’s.
In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul tells us that all of us ‘can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.’
A silversmith, when purifying silver, sits constantly watching the silver in the heat of the fire. He knows when it is ready when he can see his own reflection. As we sit at the feet of Jesus, we naturally are refined and purified, reflecting his glorious character more and more each day. It’s time for us to ‘vacate’ and let Jesus take over.
Read some more….
2 Corinthians 3: 7 – 18
Malachi 3: 3
Romans 12: 2
Cornerstone Prayer Focus: Let’s kick off our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting by praying over City Youth. If you know any of our amazing young people by name, then pray for them specifically. Otherwise, pray for purpose, peace and protection for our youth.