"When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour." Revelation 8:1 (ESV)
Before the Angel sounded the trumpet, there was half an hour of silence for the prayers of the saints to be laid before the throne of God as an offering to Him.
Today, we also need silence in our lives to bring our prayers before God. To be strengthened for our daily work for God. To receive the love He has for us as His children.
Yet many say, "I am too busy to pray, and even when I do, I struggle to experience Him in a real way."
Too busy to pray?
If we are honest, it is not that we are too busy. When I don't pray, it's because I don't think I really need to. I think I can get things done without God.
I mean, let's be honest: I am not too busy to watch TV, excercise, eat, take a shower, sleep, etc...
All the things I think NEED to get done, get done.
Jesus tells us to close our door and pray to our Father in secret. In our obedience, we begin to encounter Him. When we encounter Him, we begin to realize how much we NEED Him.
Don't worry about what you will pray, or what you will do with your time. Just start doing this. Start finding quiet space and praying to Him.
Here are a few easy steps to start you off.
Open the Bible to one of the Psalms. These are mostly David's prayers and songs to God. Some good ones to start with are 15, 16, 18, 25, 61, 62, 63, 95-100.
Read part of the Psalm and stop when you find a line or two that speaks to your heart. Begin to pray those lines to God, over and over.
Wait and listen. His Spirit is gentle. If you are not used to hearing Him it will be hard at first, but wait and listen.
He is always speaking. We just need to slow down and wait to hear His voice. If you find yourself distracted, go back and slowly repeat the verses again. As you are repeating the words, listen with your heart: what is He saying to you?
How does He see you? Feel about you?
What does He want you to know about Him? About His love for you?
Write down or journal what He is saying to you. This is optional if it is too much for you at first.
Pray for others. Here are a few categories the Bible instructs us to pray for that might help you get started: your family, your friends, your city, your church, your church leaders, your country, government leaders, people who are sick. Again, I would allow the Spirit to lead you in this.
God desires to bless you and bless others through your prayers and silence with Him. If heaven found half an hour necessary, shouldn't we?
What you will come to realize is what started as hard work will lead to something you look forward to, and you eventually can't live without!
You can do this!! When you do, I promise you won't regret it!!