|The prayer chair in my backyard|
I'm wrapping things up on my laptop, packing my Bible and journal, and going out for 3-4 hours to pray. I have done this every Tuesday for the past 34 years.
I'm going to a quiet place where I won't be disturbed.
I'll slow down in my spirit. I'm going to get silent. And still. It is in stillness that my Lord and I meet.
"Be still... be not rushed... cease striving! (literally)... and know that I am God."
Dallas Willard has recently written that what is most needed today in the followers of Jesus is for them to take blocks of time and be silent. Willard says:
"Silence is, in every time and place, an essential way of breaking free from the grip of a world turned away from God and his kingdom—a world that neglects the soul. In our time in particular, the ever-present noise of modern existence and the overwhelming barrage of relentless "communications" militate against living in divine presence."
In the silence of my heart and mind I find God. Always. Going alone, now, with these last strokes of the laptop's keys, has become my wellspring of life...