April 28, 2022

Bob Maas
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.”
1 Corinthians 14:14-15
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Hebrews 4:9-11

A quiet time with the Lord is something that has evolved as I grow in my relationship with the Lord. At first it was one of the most difficult things I tried to do. The bombardment of thoughts that kept invading my mind when I tried to be still and quiet was overwhelming. Memorizing Scripture was a great help because I was able to focus on a single passage for a sustained period of time.

After a few years I would focus on a verse until it brought me into a quiet place of rest and peace. As long as my mind was serene I just rested until the invasion of unsolicited thoughts started to return. Then I returned to the passage that took me into the place of stillness and started the process all over again.

Another activity that has been tremendously helpful is praying in the Spirit. This form of prayer was challenging at first because the words were just a lot of gibberish and had no meaning to me in my natural mind. Nevertheless, I continued speaking the unintelligible sounds by faith and it brought me into a place of rest like nothing else I have ever experienced.

Now, through a combination of prayer, meditation in Scripture, memorizing new verses and praying in an unknown language, I am able to spend hours at a time alone with God. The fruit of my quiet time is a confidence and trust in God that is making my life an adventure while being sustained in His joy and peace.