Stillness is the key to knowing God.
Knowing God is the key to communicating with God.
Here are a few tips on being still:
Go to a place where you won’t be distracted, disturbed or interrupted.
Mornings are great for me as I can get up before anyone else in the house and just be still. Find a time when you aren’t going to be disturbed and create a habit!
Go with a purpose and intention to have some “alone” time with God. “Enter your closet” as Jesus said. Matthew 6:6
Having an intention and purpose for your still time is important. If you just try to be still without intent, you’re mind will likely run away with you. Stilling the mind is a challenge anytime. Make it a little easier by setting your intention and purpose to hear God’s voice.
Go with faith filled expectation. Every one who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
According to your faith be it unto you. If you really don’t expect God to speak to you, do you really think you’ll hear his voice? What is Faith?
Go when you are rested, awake and alert. If you’re tired from a long day of work, stillness will likely put you to sleep.
Only you know what will work best for you – and it may take a little testing to figure out a good time for you to be still. Don’t give up! You can find some time for stillness – be creative!
Go without preconceived notions and ideas about how God will speak, show up, etc.
Thinking you know how God will speak is arrogance – and true stillness is about letting those beliefs go anyway.
Go with the understanding that God most often speaks in a flood of thoughts that come into your mind.
I wanted to hear an audible voice – you might think that would be great as well. As it turned out, God doesn’t speak to me in an audible voice. Be open to anything and partial to nothing.
Go prepared to take notes. There’s nothing worse than trying to remember what God has said and being afraid you might forget something.
I did this for awhile and I think it’s still a good idea, but I’m a horrible note taker. The thing I love most about time with God is the impression in the heart. So it’s not so much about receiving a message, but more about accepting an impression on my heart. Do what works for you.
Go without judgement. Don’t try to judge every thought to see if it’s from God. That’s a trap that will interrupt your time in God’s presence.
There are some who would recommend that you compare what you receive from God to the Bible. Not me. If you’re communicating with God, why do you have to verify it with the Bible? I understand the fear that drives this idea, but you’ve really got to trust God enough to fear not!
Go often. There’s nothing like consistent communication to build an amazing relationship.
Stillness is a practice. It’s a way of living. And once you begin to live in that space, you’ll want to stay there!