Nurturing Quiet as You Pray
By Rick Warren
— April 3, 2011
"It is the nursing child who demands attention now, but the weaned child trusts and is content to wait."
My heart is not proud . . . I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother. . . . O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore. Psalm 131:1–3 (NIV)
Psalm 131 teaches us to --
- Keep our hearts humble. A humble heart means we know our position in Christ, and so we stop being responsible for the things of which we were never responsible. This frees us to live like God intended and allows us to make uncluttered choices that will move us closer to God.
- Show the maturity of a weaned child. We quietly center ourselves on God, peacefully, without agitation and anxiety, and trust God is actively supporting us. We trust God even when the answer to our prayers seems a long way off. It’s the nursing child who demands attention now, but the weaned child trusts and is content to wait.
- Hope in the Lord with confident expectation. God’s Word says God will answer our prayers; he will respond to our needs; he will pave the path before us now and forever (Psalm 18:36).
Getting God’s Vision For My Life
How do I truly communicate with God? Pastor Rick teaches us six simple and practical ways in lessons drawn from the book of Habakkuk. For $1 you can download the MP3 message, the outline, and Pastor Rick’s actual teaching notes. All proceeds for this timely message will be contributed to the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort!
This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace. Rick Warren says Costly Grace “may be one of the most important books published during this time of economic uncertainty and world turmoil.”