Devotions for the Praying Heart
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And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord,but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:11 – 12

It’s in the place of divine attachment and inner quiet that comes from meditation that we most easily hear the still, small voice of God. It’s there that we receive the directions we need to fulfill our divine destiny. That’s why no matter how much we mature in the Lord and no matter how busy we become with His work, we cannot afford to lay aside the practice of meditation.

Even Jesus needed times of solitude and meditation during His time on earth. Although He was pressed with the unceasing demands of ministry, the Bible tells us He made a constant habit of withdrawing to spend time by Himself with God:

• When He heard that John the Baptist had been killed, His immediate response was to escape the clamor of the crowd and seek the fellowship of His Father in “a solitary place.” (Matthew 14:13 Amp)
• After He had ministered to the multitudes, “He went up into the hills by Himself to pray—alone.” (Matthew 14:23 Amp)
• The morning after another intense day of ministry, “having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” (Mark 1:35 Amp)

Jesus understood what many devoted saints have learned as they’ve followed in His footsteps—that it is through times of meditation and private fellowship with God that we cultivate a familiar friendship with Him. It is there we become comfortable in His presence and attune our hearts to Him.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:1 – 23

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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