Welcome to week 2 of, Praying Big Prayers to Our Amazing God. Donna is leading off our week of study with a prayer prompt that you may have difficulty with: Be still and know that I am God. We only say you may have trouble because we often have trouble being still. Be encouraged! Donna is sharing how being still is not the same as doing nothing. In unsettling times (like a pandemic), we can position our hearts to stand in awe of God, who He is: Amazing, Wonderful, Creator, Sustainer. Our Good Father is able. Able to usher in peace during a storm and able to give refuge, strength, and help in times of trouble. We only need to be still.

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There is a difference between doing nothing and being still.

This past March my son sustained an injury to his ankle while at the skatepark. Those phone calls are never easy to get: your heart is racing; your mind is whirling, and I had to quickly “stop and run” to the foot surgeon. How exactly do you do that?

Stop and run that is?

There is a difference between doing nothing and being still.

We had thought that maybe it was a simple dislocation but when the ambulance backed into the bay this physical therapy mama knew that his ankle was broken. After all the hustle and bustle of testing was completed and his ankle was stable, we were then off to get settled into the room to prepare for surgery the next morning. As I waited the next morning for word from the operating room concerning this delicate surgery involving the growth plate, I prayed.

Later, a friend would share with me his version of what happened in the surgery suite as he assisted: “Well, Doc made the incision and pulled everything out of the way, and he stepped back and stood still. He observed and processed. It wasn’t that he was doing nothing, it was that he was making sure that he was prepared before he made his move.”

There is a difference between doing nothing and being still.

Psalm 46:10 NIV says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

In order to fully understand this verse, we must look at it within the context of the chapter. The psalmist is seemingly going through a hardship or some turmoil in his life (Can anyone relate?). Yet, in the context we read that God is our refuge, He is our home, He provides our security. In verse 10 when the author says, “Be still,” he is not referring to the stance of our body, but the stance of our heart.

You may recall last week when we explored how praying big is less about the words we say and more about the position of our hearts. We can stand still and position your heart, in awe of God.
It is not a call to relax, it is an urgent directive to remember who God is, even in unsettling times. The Psalmist says: Be Still! Stand in Awe! Stop Fearing! Know Him!

Know that He is God:
• Know that He is our refuge and strength (v1)
• Know that He is an ever-present help in times of trouble (v1)
• Know that He is within you and you will not fail (v5)
• Know that He will help you (v5)
• Know that He is with us (v7)
• Know that He will cease wars(v9)
• Know that He is our fortress (v11)

And once we know Him we can then see all that He is doing.

1 Samuel 12:16 “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!”

There is a difference between doing nothing and being still.

Pray with us: Lord, we trust that you are able. We only need to be still before you. Help us trust that you are our help in a time of trouble. Help us see what you are doing as we position our hearts to be still and know God. Amen


 

Our two-week prayer journey, Praying Big to Our Amazing God, utitlizes prayer prompts from the colorful and thoughtful new release, #Instaprayer, prayers to share, by Kelly O’Dell Stanley.