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Quiet I think He has something to say.

I think we have all been in situations where the quiet guy finally has had enough and speaks up. The rooms becomes awkward, everyone is hanging on to every word. The bombshell of honesty settles in and the crowd goes away in deep thought. Thoughts like “wow I never thought of it like that” or “man he really let us have it”. In reality the quiet guys never gets a true invite into dialog.

I don’t think I have ever been accused of being to quiet, a big mouth yes, smart mouth yes, know it all, YIP. Quiet NO. I recently preached a couple of weeks at the Barn in Kansas City. I had done a series on the book of James and it’s impact on Church history through the dark ages and the protestant reformation. In Particular James 5:16-17

16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.17Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

I was captivated how these verses impacted John Huss , Count Zinzendorf, John Wesley and their impact on prayer and  world  missions.  In the middle of it as I went back and studied out the prayer that Elijah had prayed that stoped the rain and released it 3 and 1/2 years later.

1 kings chapters 16-18 tells the whole story but I see declarations made, but not what we would normally call prayer. UNLESS prayer includes conversation yes even 2 way communication. Then what God had said back in Deut 28:12-13; 15-18; 22-24 about famine being a result of Israels rebellion. Then listening to the Lord with a questioning heart would be prayer. Lord this wicked King Ahab is going to cause you to do what you said, or am I missing something.

I just think Elijah did a lot of listening prayer which means He agreed with what God said.

Well I have challenged myself to spend a few weeks not asking for anything in prayer. But simply lifting up a name, then being quiet and meditating on the Lord Jesus himself, and how He, the great intercessor in heaven might be adressing the Father about that particular person or issue.

I have not had any great revelations or voices from heaven, but the most overwhelming feeling of seeing a long lost friend after many years of absence. As wisdom is released from heaven, while basking in the fear of the Lord, I hope one day I would be known in heaven as a quiet man. That my voice would be decreasing and His increasing that I would be still and know he alone is God.

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