The Strength of Quietness

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.'” Isaiah 30:15

I have been reading a wonderful book called “A Praying Life” by Paul Miller.  I want to share a passage of the book with you that has really convicted me.

American culture is probably the hardest place in the world to learn to pray.  We are so busy that when we slow down to pray, we find it uncomfortable.  We prize accomplishments, production.  But prayer is nothing but talking to God.  It feels useless, as if we are wasting time. Every bone in our bodies screams, “Get to work.”

When we aren’t working, we are used to being entertained.  Television, the Internet, video games, and cell phones make free time as busy as work.  When we do slow down, we slip into a stupor.  Exhausted by the pace of life, we veg out in front of a screen or with earplugs.  If we try to be quiet, we are assaulted by what C.S. Lewis called “the Kingdom of Noise.” Everywhere we go we hear background noise.  If the noise isn’t provided for us, we can bring our own via iPod. (Miller, 2009, p.15-16)

Prayer has to be intentional.  We have to deliberately turn off all the “noises” that compete for our attention and get quiet before the Lord.

If we want to be spiritually strong, we must make time for quietness.

I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

6 thoughts on “The Strength of Quietness

  1. Needed those words today. As I read my devotional this morning I turned the TV news volume down, but got distracted by something I heard the anchor say. I felt guilty that I didn’t totally unplug-and then so timely these words today.

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    • Almost the same thing happened to me today as I was reading the news on my phone. It is so easy to be distracted these days. Sometimes we do have to totally UNPLUG! Thank you for taking the time to share your insight! 🙂


  2. I have been trying to use my time in my pool for prayer. I am struck by the quietness all around as I relax on my float. I’m so used to the background noise of life that it seems so loud when it’s gone. The quiet is deafening! When I use that time for prayer it seems like the rest of my day is better in line with what God wants of me. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • What a great idea! Use quiet pool time for prayer. 🙂 You are SO right! Starting the day with Him helps everything flow better. It falls apart VERY quickly for me when I don’t. Thank you for sharing! 🙂


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