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Point of View: Take 10 seconds, be silent and listen to His call

Nov. 18, 2010

By Meghan Hendrickson

Staff writer

Life is filled with noise. With classes and exams, friendships and families, organizations and work, successes and failures, hopes and limitations, fears and forgetfulness - our life is crowded with chaos in every moment.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." -- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

God calls us, as followers of Christ, to always rejoice and pray without ceasing. But with so much noise in our lives, how are we to do that? Only by the power of the Holy Spirit that indwells those who have chosen to give up their life to the control of Jesus Christ. I feel like God continues to place me in situations to further teach me the same lesson time and time again. It must be my nature to try to do things on my own, with my own strength - rather than let go and let God reign in power over my every moment. But God is sovereign and holds authority over all things - that is all things in my life, all things in the world and all things in me. Not only is my life in His hands, but my spirit is too.

And so, being saved from eternal separation from God and all that is good, by the wonderful grace of Jesus Christ, I am to rejoice in the Lord always, and constantly be in prayer by the Spirit - no matter the circumstance.

And what does prayer look like? So often I find myself crying out to the Lord in distress, or praising Him in thankfulness for His wonderful blessings... so often I find myself talking. But God is not asking us to talk continually, but pray continually.

I believe that one of the most significant, rewarding and respectful things we can do in prayer to the Lord is simply to listen. Stop reading this column for enough time to count to 10.

It is incredible what just 10 seconds of silence can do, right? Did you also notice how in that short period of silence, your mind wanted you to start thinking of something else? We are constantly at battle. Before you are adopted into the family of God, you are under the power of Satan and your own selfish desires.

But when you choose to follow Christ, those two things do not go away. Rather, you begin a battle that will continue until your last breath. But here is the good news: God has conquered it. Even though the attacks we face each day may seem like more than we can bear, they are not stronger than the Spirit of God that lives within us.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." -- 2 Timothy 1:7

And let me tell you, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the righteousness of the Lord triumph over the darkness in this world we live in. Think about the greatest lessons you have learned in life. I can confidently assume that the majority of my life's lessons were learned by listening to someone and reading something.

Just last night I was on the phone with my mom and she pointed out how even in the most stressful times in life, God still has a plan and a purpose for His glory - and sure enough, He did. I learned a lot and gained clarity just by listening to my mom last night, so surely I will learn and gain greater clarity when I listen to my Heavenly Father, the creator of all things. I know that with the holidays and finals rapidly approaching, your schedule is getting just as booked as mine.

But I am asking you, not for my sake, but for Christ's name, that you would take the time to listen to the Lord - that you would pray without ceasing.

"He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." - Psalm 46:10-11

Meghan Hendrickson is a junior business journalism major from McKinney and a staff writer from The Lariat.