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Weekly Devotionals

Prayers of Silence

1The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they reveal knowledge.

3They have no speech, they use no words;

no sound is heard from them.

4Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

When you think about prayer, what comes to your mind? Although we often think of one form of prayer on many occasions, the scripture shows us a very wide range of prayers. From Abraham to Moses who changed God’s mind with prayer to Jonah who is angry because God changed his mind, and Job who is silent because God changed his mind. One of the most distinguished aspects of Christianity is that God that we serve is the God of communion and relationship. This means that God isn’t a slot machine where we put in a formula and receive an answer, but our prayers should derive from knowing who God is and who we are, simply sitting in God’s presence and discerning who He is and what He is doing in our midst.

This is why one of my favorite types of prayer comes from Psalm 19 where the creation declares the character of God. When I see this passage, I believe that God often calls us to sit in silence and know God’s character revealed in His creation.

But in our days where many things, especially our surroundings, simply exist as means to the end, it’s difficult to sit still and notice God’s character that the creation is constantly declaring. So with Psalm 19, I invite you to breathe, sit still, calm our busy mind, and acknowledge God’s goodness and grace all around us. When we sit silent, I pray that we begin to hear our surroundings, turn away from our tendency to push our agenda, and hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit.