Through the ages, a devotional approach to fellowship with God has been called by various names. Madam Guyon called this expression of prayer “the inner way.” Brother Lawrence named this lifestyle of fellowship with God “Practicing His Presence.” Others have referred to it by such terms as waiting on God, basking in His presence, beholding the Christ within, the way of the heart and the prayer of silence. These approaches, as well as many others, are as divers and unique as the individuals who pursued communion with the indwelling Christ in these ways. God, who lives inside every believer, has things to say, and will speak to His own who are wiling to listen.
Silent waiting in faith upon the indwelling Christ is our beginning, We focus our entire being upon the Indwelling One, who has taken up His abode in the very center of our being. This devotional lifestyle begins with opening our hearts to receive from Him. We are simply responding to the hunger that He has already put in our heart because of His desire to fellowship with us. We respond to our hunger by quieting ourselves in His presence and simply letting Him love us.
After receiving His love, we are enabled to love Him in return as never before. We love Him because He first loved us and encountering Him on the inside helps us to put first things first. Christ is waiting for us to come aside in silence and experience Him always with us. He works on behalf of those who are willing to wait for Him, and we are changed in the process!
The Lord’s invitation to be still and know Him is truly a command for these last days-to keep our hearts from growing cold in all that is about to happen-and the Holy Spirit will escort us to where we cannot go on our own. There are depths of the Presence of God inside each one of us that are reserved for those who will stop, be still and know Him.
Having a history in God, of deep relationship with Him, is how those who are persecuted for their faith are sustained, and how we remain faithful through the trials and sorrows of life. He is the sustaining power of our lives. In the days ahead, life in the secret place with Him is what will keep us alive, in His love!
These are to be times of rest and encounter for your heart. Listening prayer is a place of relief from petitioning and an entrance into partnering deeply with, and within, the heart of Christ.
Intimacy with Jesus is a private experience. His way of coming to us is defined by Him alone. He meets us according to our present relationship with Him, and the measure of our hunger for Him. Every experience with Him is unique, so do not compare what happens in your heart to what anyone else has told you. Listening prayer cannot be taught. It is simply the fulfillment of your heart’s desire, and of His, for encounter. It is not defined or restricted by any method, although there are various ways to begin. It is your own journey inside, and into His Presence! He has been awaiting your arrival, and with joy will meet you through feelings and pictures and words, as you come and behold Him!