And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” — 1 Kings 19:11-13
When our hearts, our minds, and our souls are filled with worldly concerns. we leave no room for God.
Silence. This is the path to clearing clutter and countering pride. Release thoughts and worries. Free the mind. Let go of desires and expectations. Open a sacred space inside you heart. Then God will take up residence.
Elijah experienced demonstrations of God’s great power, but he heard God speaking directly to him in a quiet whisper. He felt humbled before that soft voice and covered his face.
Deep prayer is not about using a wealth of flashy words or demanding great miracles. Instead, it is learning to be so still that God’s words and his will can be distinguished over the insistent clamor of the world.
In stillness, our eyes see with wonder. Our hearts open and our minds surrender. And then we can hear God.
I wait for You, Lord, in the silence of my heart, I trust in You. Amen.