The Spiritual Discipline of Quietness

We media people live in a noisy world!  We wear headphones. Listen to music and program content hour upon hour. We exist in a state of perpetual activity. Running from meeting to meeting and under constant deadlines. There are ever-increasing demands on our time and lives…we are harried people! We live in a noisy world!

About 10 years ago I was having breakfast with Dallas Willard, one of the great Kingdom of God thinkers of our time, when he leaned over the table, looked closely at me and said, “Lauren, have you learned the spiritual discipline of quietness?” Then he quoted Jesus as he drove his point home.

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

Lauren—Dallas said—”you need to learn the spiritual discipline of being quiet! Quiet before the Lord. Why? Because the Lord still speaks with a still, small voice! You are so busy, how are you going to not only hear him, but recognize His voice when He is trying to communicate with you?”

As a result of that breakfast, I told the Lord if He wants to communicate with me, I give Him permission to wake me at night, or impress me during the day, I will take time to listen quietly.

Many times, I wake up at about 3:45 a.m. and I’ll ask the Lord, “Do you want to speak to me?” I keep a light coat and slippers along the bed, slip out of the bedroom, get my Bible, open it and listen in ‘Quietness.’ Before reading, I sit quietly. Then thank the Lord for who He is and for what He has done in my life. Then I ask the Lord to speak clearly as I read His Word.

Since my decision to be quiet and listen, I’ve been amazed at how clearly The Lord speaks. After I sense the Lord speaking, I take action on what I have been impressed with.

The ‘discipline of quietness’ is a spiritual leverage point and results in spiritual power.

Lauren Libby
TWR International, International President/CEO
llibby@twr.org

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