“The reason it’s so hard to find quiet time with God is because it’s so important.”
We were inspired to put that line in our Purgatory, USA web series after hearing from a guest speaker at our church. Before Eucharistic Adoration, we had a local youth group leader from another parish talk about how important it is for us to embrace quiet time with God.
Our world is full of distraction and noise. Our world is full of technology that keep us connected and busy. But, do we take a step back and stop to listen, to pray?
In a previous post we talked about the need to be active, to overcome our sedentary lifestyle to live a holy life. Part of that holy life is to stop, pray and listen. Praying is not inactive, it is not idle, it is an active experience with our Almighty.
Yes, God already knows what you need and what you’re going to say, he simply wants you to say it. He wants to hear your voice. He wants you to rely on his guidance. He wants to point you in the right direction and give you the grace to overcome what struggles are awaiting your journey.
He wants you to want to speak with him.
Remember the story about Elijah?
After forty days and nights, Elijah takes refuge in a cave. God instructs Elijah to stand outside the cave to “stand before the Lord.” What follows is a loud wind, a terrifying earthquake and an intense fire. But, God is not in any of those noisy things.
Elijah, instead, hears God’s voice in a whisper.
How will we be able to hear God’s whispering voice if we are distracted by the wind, earthquakes and fires? Will we hear God’s call when we are bombarded by television, video games, cell phones and internet?
Satan does not want us to hear the whisper of God’s voice. He wants to keep our focus in eighteen places at once, wearing us out, so that we never stop to pray and, most importantly, listen.
We end our day mentally tired and emotionally spent. We think to ourselves “I’ll pray more tomorrow.”
You may not have a tomorrow.
Don’t let Satan win by allowing him to pull you from God’s voice, from God’s grace and from God’s love by overwhelming you with unimportant noise.
Close down your web browser and turn off your computer. Turn off the television and cell phones and radios.
Sit quietly down and offer your Creator 30 minutes of your life for which he created, and thank him, and praise him and pray to him and listen.
Listen for the whisper of his voice.