Topic: Be Still
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
One of the best ways to get to know God is to be… still. I have learned that lesson from spending years in forced bed rest.
Up in my wheelchair, I can at least flail my arms or shrug my shoulders. But on my bed, gravity works against me and, for that reason, I’m even more paralyzed when lying down. Things aren’t as distracting when I’m lying still and so I experience firsthand a deeper knowledge of God through prayer.
Sometimes I’m amazed that, from my bed, I can help set into motion the cogs and wheels of God’s workings in the world. Through my prayers I may change the destiny of a life or a nation. Lying on my bed, I can hasten the day of the Lord’s return. I don’t move a muscle while I’m in bed, but I help move the hand of God here and abroad.
Try praying sometime while lying in bed (make sure not to do this when you’re tired or you might fall asleep!) Lie very still. Don’t move. Invite the Lord to speak to you in the stillness and quiet. Press your weakness up against his strength, your ignorance up against his knowledge. Be still… pray… and get to know God better.
“An intercessor means one who is in such vital contact with God and with his fellowmen that he is like a live wire closing the gap between the saving power of God and the sinful men who have been cut off from that power,” says Hannah Hurnard.*
Lord, I quiet my soul before you. I am still. I lie down in your love and open my heart and mind to your word. My prayer, this day, is to know you more intimately and personally.
Joni and Friends 24 November 2021 Daily Devotional is taken from Diamonds in the Dust – By Joni Eareckson Tada