Effectual Prayers – Quietness

Effectual Prayers – Quietness

Effectual Prayers
*See Note Below

Quietness

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
Psalm 131:2

In this digital age, our hectic lives can look like small ships tossed in a great storm. Texts, phone calls, emails, and a multitude of other voices relentlessly clamor for our attention. Quietness of spirit seems to be something of another age. But quietness is the vital state of heart needed to hear Him. His presence is filled with a peace that dispels the noise and the static of our driven world.

Peace is the atmosphere of God. His Spirit desires to lead us into a place of abiding within its dominion. Peace is not only the atmosphere of Him but also our compass to keep us in the path of the Shepherd. It will keep us from temptations and sorrow.

“For ye shall go out with joy,
and be led forth with peace…”
Isaiah 55:12

The disobedient and the self-assured may have eloquent prayers yet never touch the depths of true communion.

“And the way of peace have they not known”
Isaiah 59:8; Romans 3:17

The natural man will not find this place of communion with God. God is Spirit and those who would enter the sanctum of His presence must do so with an attitude of worship and authenticity. Christ is our surety of access. His atonement removes the striving, the barriers of insecurity, and the feelings of unworthiness. In Christ alone, we have access to the “Throne of Grace”.

God has a Word of invitation for His creation. The downtrodden, the lost, and the weary will find solace and rest in Him.

Come to Me, all you laboring and burdened ones,
and I will give you rest…”
Matthew 11:28

Prayer is the place of transaction with God. We come in honesty of all that we are – not trying to be something, to say right words, or to repeat scripted prayers passed down through the centuries. Prayer is when the child leans upon God; a “weaned child” comforted and filled with the milk and bread of His presence needing nothing more than to be held in the arms of the Father. In this unique bond between child and Father, there is a quiet unfolding of new aspects of His Love. An hour in His presence is priceless.

His Will is made known in our prayer time with Him. Deeds are born by the faith imparted in our time with Him. “Faith comes by hearing” and in our quiet time with Him, we will know the inspiration of His Will and the Faith to step into the adventure of His leadings.

“I will lead them with prayers…”
Jeremiah 31:9

*NOTE: Effectual Prayers are a truth that is very precious to me. They are prayers that produce an effect in my life.  My hope is that we each discover and enter into our own deep and transforming relationship with Him. Each one of His own is to have their own personal journey of prayer.  The closer we come to Him the more significant will be our relationships with one another. No one is to remain isolated and aloof from the rest of His Body for HE is the life of the Body. Many in our day say “Lord, Lord…”  but the connections of the Body of Christ are not based on confessions.  They are based on our walking, living, and abiding in HIM who is the Light.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another…”
1 John 1:7

Brian Troxel

 

Prayer – Secret of Life

Prayer – The Secret of Life

“They shall come with weeping, and I will lead them with prayers. I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a right way; they will not stumble in it…”
Jeremiah 31:9

Prayer is the secret of the life of a Christian. It is in this secret place that our hearts meet with our heavenly Father in the bonds and the merits of Christ. Prayer is much more than asking God for things and help in our situations; it is the sacred place of listening to Him and hearing His Will and purpose for our life. Prayer is the participation of our hearts in the wonder of God.

Communion with God is to be the center and focus of our lives. It is as we draw near to His presence that our hearts are softened and touched by His heart. There is a posture that seeps into our hearts by the touching of the Holy; we become still and bowed before our God. In that moment we know our place before Him, and we are enabled to hear the “still small voice” of our God. Oftentimes His directions come to us in whispers infused with faith to walk in His way. The secrets of the Lord often come in quiet times of prayer and communion with God.

“Surely I have behaved and quieted myself,
as a child that is weaned of his mother:
my soul is even as a weaned child”
Psalm 131:2

The magnitude of His presence quiets our being and in that wonder we are “weaned” of our wants and needs; like a contented child resting in the arms of its loving mother.

“I will lead them with prayers”

Those who pray much, hear much and see glimpses of Him that overwhelm the heart with the immensity of His presence. Prayer is the secret of faith, the wellspring of peace, and a hiding place for His children.

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”
Psalm 91:1

Brian Troxel