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Hush...of Stillness, Squirrels, and Prayer

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks
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February 20, 2021 12:00 pm

Hush...of Stillness, Squirrels, and Prayer

Encouraging Prayer / James Banks

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February 20, 2021 12:00 pm

Aren't the best relationships the ones where you can just be quiet with someone, without having to express what you’re thinking all of the time? Today, James and guest host Rachel Torres discuss how we can pursue a relationship with God like that - one where we can just stay quiet before Him, and keep our minds and hearts still.


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Hello this is Willa Hardy with man talk radio. We all about breaking down the walls of race and denomination your chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few minutes. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening to the truth. Podcast network. This is good Truth Network encouraging prayer, God offers an open invitation for his people to talk with him at any time about anything urgent prayer. Dr. James Banks authored the best-selling and many other books on prayer provides weekly physical insight help you learn to love and now is Rachel Torres and I'm just testing today for Robbie Robbie's been diagnosed with ~19 oh as we begin today. James Julia's listeners and pray for him absolutely. Let's pray. Father, we thank you for Robbie and for all you guys and all use to us we we pray Lord that you would heal him that you would protect him and restore him to us soon. Please bless him and his wife Tammy and heal him soon. We pray in Jesus name.

So James sometimes when someone asks us to do something they start by saying I know how busy you are. Have you ever had that happen all the complement you know it's a little like the busier you are the better because you busy people. Busyness is also one of the main challenges we all face when it comes to praying it really is not something here all the time.

Say things like I know I need to pray, but I just don't have the time to do it and then we feel guilty. We've all been there, haven't we talked about a way to help with because for most of us as soon as we start to pray our heads begin to spin with all the things we have to do and I don't know about you but I can get so distracted that I love what CS Lewis wrote about this in mere Christianity becomes the very moment you wake up each morning all your wishes and hopes for the day Russia you like wild animals. The first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back in listening to that other voice taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in and so on all day. Standing back from all your natural fussiness and Frederick coming in out of the way.

All I really like that coming in, the wind is a comparison really makes me think of something. Jesus said in John 1423 all all who love me will do what I say. My father will love them and will come and make our home with them. Think of the way he puts that making the home you know what what is a home except a place where you hang out or think about what he said in the Revelation after he said I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in and we will share a meal together as friends. What Jesus is promising in both places is I want to be with you to just hang out with you if you will, and part of that are really important part of being at home with him is learning how to just rest and be quiet in his presence and that's it. You sometimes we don't really think that way when it comes to praying we tend to think of praying is something active that we deal you know we have to keep using words. I know right button but it helps so much to sometimes not have to use words that all mean think about that aren't aren't those the best relationships where you could just be quiet with someone without having to express what you're thinking all the time. And here's the beautiful thing. This is actually simple to do instead of having to think of what were going to say we were praying we just stay quiet before God, and we keep our minds and hearts still some really simple but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy. I know it is appreciated. It takes time to learn how to just stay quiet and got presence and no II know I'm still working on, but I believe it's something you will really bless when we just make the effort. So the main thing in the first thing is to just block out the time and you don't need that much even five minutes can make a huge difference to do that and keep your focus five minutes can seem like a long time, especially if you have ADD like I so you have a little like the dog in the movie up. I live in a constant state of squirrel yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about is the best way for us to stay focused just imagine ourselves in his presence still before Jesus like Mary did and then focus on a simple verse over flexible meeting, one which says I love you Lord you are my strength just just pray that a few times and I think we can do this best after we've we've asked God to search our hearts and have confessed any sin so that we know were right quiet ourselves and remember God's word says that he's is not the author of confusion.

But the author of peace so so you really will help us as we do this, practically speaking, silence takes a little getting used to, yes it does.

But think about the difference it can make because God is the author of peace and by the way that's in prescriptions 1433. He really will give us his pieces were quiet before him. It also helps us to hear him make sense. I guess you could say that sometimes when God calls us. He gets a busy signal.

Yeah, that's a great way to put it.

We love it when someone gives us their undivided attention and got us to. I like what Oswald Chambers said about this hero.

It's not that I will not hear God, but I'm not devoted in the right place. I'm devoted to things to serviced convictions and God say what he likes, but I will not hear another word he's busy. There's a busy 6 W goes on the child's attitude is always speak Lord for your servant is listening.

There's an attentiveness there is talking about. And that's something that God really wants to bless us in, so he will help us become more and more sensitive to his presence as we do this we just have to start and little by little will begin to hear them better and it all begins with simple step of just making ourselves available. Just showing up five minutes. You know like we mentioned or even three to start just just loving him being in his presence. Without saying a word and make such a difference in the time that we spend with him. Yes I can. I guess you could say that you can't build a relationship with just a one-way conversation. That's exactly right in, and this will help us practice his presence more and more as we just live in and go through life we learn how to be still before him, then will know him better and we need to do this, don't we really yeah so it's a luscious wrap up today with a prayer that will do just that quiet ourselves for the love you just hear more from Pastor James by visiting the website. James Banks got a large, or by visiting these church in Durham, North Carolina. May God bless you and encourage you. This is the Truth Network. One of our generous sponsors hear the Truth Network has come under fire fire from the enemy fire for standing up for family values. Actually one of the biggest supporters of the movie unplanned that talked about the horrors of abortion.

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