I am reading a book called “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. In the first chapter, he encourages us to “stop praying.” I read that and thought “He must be joking” but the farther I read, the more it made sense.
What if I said, “Stop Praying”? What if I told you to stop talking at God for a while, but instead to take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word? Solomon warned us not to rush into God’s presence with words. That’s what fools do.
And often, thats what we do.
How many times do we go through our quiet time and have a list of things that we want to happen for us today? “Lord, please help me have a great day, keep all evil away… etc.” How many times are our prayers all about us and little about the one that we are praying to?
What would happen if we came to God, silently, standing in awe of Him? What would become of our hearts if we really focused on the invisible God? What would become of our lives if we just stood, speechless before the one that gave us life? What would become of our motives if we came to Him, not asking for anything, but instead… honestly praising him for what He has already done and given us?
The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.
Sometimes as Christians, I think we get so caught up in our lives that we fail to realize that we were placed on this earth to bring Him glory. I know that is true for me and my life. I get so caught up in the here and now and all of the problems that I face, that I forget about the life after this one. I forget that He is the God of the Universe. I forget that this life is only a speck, and what is yet to come is so very beautiful and amazing…
So today, I am going to stop praying. I am going to stand in the presence of my Savior and just soak up His glory. I am going to worship Him and praise Him for ALL of the things in my life. I am going to think about the earth that we stand on, and how amazingly small I am compared to His vastness.
I am going to revel in His mercy.
Because He has been so very good to me.
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.