This Week’s Word & Prayer / “Sometimes The Hardest Thing To Do Is Nothing”/ June 4-8

A Word To Live By

This Week’s Word

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10

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From my earliest years, I can remember being taught to set goals and meet deadlines and while pondering my next ministerial project, Psalm 46:10 came to my mind. It says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” A voice seemed to speak to me out that text and say. Let’s just spend time together. No agenda. No goal. No deadlines. I want to rekindle the intimacy we once knew. I just want to spend time with you.”

This surprised me. I hadn’t even realized that the fire had died down. Wasn’t I working for the Lord? Wasn’t I doing God’s will? Wasn’t I busy about my Father’s business? Wasn’t I striving to please him? And then I began to see what He meant. In the middle of all my busyness for God, I had neglected my relationship with God.

Sitting still wasn’t in my nature. I never was a lazy person. I always had a desire to work. And the church always taught us that we should be active in the church in order to show our love for God. But I began to realize that my desire to work and serve was standing in the way of my worship. My natural tendency to be active for God was getting in the way of my communion with God. My daily routine of evangelical and pastoral activities was getting in the way of divine intimacy which God desires to have with each of His children.

be_stillI was totally unaware that I had allowed the agenda of traditional religion and my own ignorant desire to serve over shadow my intimacy with God (Proverbs 19:2 ). I made my relationship with Jesus work oriented and far more difficult than it had to be. I spent too much time striving to prove my heart to God. And all the while God has been whispering to me, “I already know your heart. Cease striving and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

And that is what I feel that the Spirit is telling us today; be quiet and settle down“—be still and know.” We know that God is God. It is the “be still” part that stumps us every time. Most of us can be still for a few minutes, maybe even an hour if need be. But much longer than that and we are undone. Restless spirit syndrome begins to shake our souls and the urge to get up and get moving wrestles us away from focused, intimate communion with God.

So today I ask you to join me in a time of rejuvenating intimacy. Be still and know that He is God.

REPENT!

Have You PrayedThis Week’s Prayer

Father, I pray to You today in the name of *YeHoWsHua HaMashiach – Jesus the Christ. Help me to learn what it means to be still, and know that You are God. As I seek to serve You and to please You, help me never to allow personal goals, deadlines, agendas or objectives to hinder my worship of You or cloud my vision of who You are. I realize that I cannot live, move or have my being unless I am in You. Empower me Oh God to be still and reverent in my worship of You so that I may hear Your voice over the busyness of the world and the activities of religion. I want to spend my days with You. I want to feel the warmth of Your embrace and the comfort and security of Your forgiving love. I want to know You in a special way. This is my prayer today in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus) the Christ, Amen.

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Footnote:

The Hebrew spelling of the name of Christ is used in this prayer for educational purposes. Yehowshua is often shorten to Yeshua but out of respect for my Lord I chose to use the spelling of His proper name to demonstrate that His name s above every name and that even the spelling of His name is relative to the spelling of The Father’s name – remembering that there were not any vowels in the Hebrew alphabets. Thus, YHWH (Yahweh) and YeHoWsHua (Yahweh is salvation) are grammatically and uniquely related.

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4 responses

  1. Hello Bishop Prince,

    What a word! I thought about what I had just recently posted on twitter, “As you go about doing the work of the Lord, remember not to forget about the Lord of the work! Spend quality time in His presence!” I’m sure you’ll understand why I was revisited by these words as I read. Also, I am currently studying, “Cultivating an Attitude of Worship,” wherein the subtopics include the varying degrees of intimacy in our relationships with the Lord. Also, I hadn’t read your post until now, and what I posted today has much in common with this post. It appears that the Lord has us on a very similar path at this time! I certainly enjoyed reading your post today. It was a blessing! God bless you!

    Paulette

    • Thank you. To God be the Glory in the name of Jesus Christ. It is not uncommon for servants of God, through the Holy Spirit, to have similar, if not exact, messages from God. Thank you for being obedient to the unction and revelation of the Holy Spirit. We are many members of One body with One Spirit.

      I would like to follow you on Twitter. Please send me a link at owprince@sc.rr.com.

      Thank you.

  2. Amen Bishop, yes we can get too taken up with goals and targets and vision etc. Thanks for this timely reminder again…Its profitable and does a man’s soul good!.

    In my hurry today at the local coal town I went into a store and saw an elderly gentleman smartly dressed just standing, there, He seemed to be content and at peace within himself. His wife was talking to another lady. Everyone else was busy looking for things, mostly things that dont not really matter in this particular store, dare I say.
    He reminded me of the older generation, they had little and wanted nothing, yet they had an awe about them, they had peace!… In my mind I though ilike to live like that!
    Thanks for your post today. A reminder how we aught to live.
    Paul

    • Thank you Paul. May God be glorified for the things that He has done.
      I will soon be taking a long overdue sabbatical for reasons of health and recovery. I’ll check for your posts from time-to-time but for the most part, I’ll be getting away from the internet ministry for a while. Please Keep me in your prayers as I will certainly keep you in mine.

      Thanks for your kind comments.

      Keep Looking up!

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