"Break the Silence"
A few days ago, “New Jerseyans” were blessed to experience a burst of sunshine and a sprinkle of spring warmth in the midst of our winter season. It was a joy to experience the brief hiatus from the frigid temperatures and blustery winds that had become our constant companion.
Taking advantage of the superb weather conditions, I embarked on a stroll around the grounds of my place of employment in hopes of burning some much needed calories. As I began to walk, I began to allow my spirit to pray and the words that I uttered were “God, when are you going to break the silence”? “I have been asking you for direction and you haven’t answered me.” The response back that I received was, “When are YOU going to break the silence??” I stopped in my tracks. I was bewildered by His response as I was the one who had initiated the afternoon dialogue and I had just referred to my constant inquiries to Him regarding the need for direction for my life. He continued His speech, “You talk to me when you FEEL like it, and then you expect me to answer you right away all the time. It doesn’t work like that.”
Wow! True, I had been inquiring of God about certain situations in my life, but I have to admit that I had not been in consistent and FERVENT PRAYER. Yes, I prayed daily but most times it was “on the run,” because of being preoccupied with other things. I had not been in my prayer closet in weeks sharing uninterrupted, focused, and intentional intimacy with God.
That day, I learned an important lesson. If we want God to break the silence and speak to us, then we have to break the silence by inviting in a spirit of consistency in our lives. The Scriptures says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” James 5:16 (NLT). Perhaps we are praying…but not earnestly and on a consistent basis. This means CARVING out time to pray amidst our busy schedules and the exhaustion that overwhelms our bodies.
I encourage you today to break the silence and become committed to earnest prayer and supplication to God on a daily basis; not just when you feel up to it, but despite how you feel. When we are faithful in breaking our silence to Him, He will be faithful in breaking His silence to us and send us our much needed answers.
Please pray for me. I know that you will. I am praying for you.
Sherabim J. Curvin
Author of: Motherhood, Marriage, Ministry, and Money