Pray that the saints would be perfected in their personal fellowship with the Lord, learning to quiet their being before Him, reject all of the enemy’s distractions, and cast all their anxieties on Him (Psa. 37:7a; 131:2; Isa. 30:15; Phil. 4:6-7 and notes 71 and 72; 1 Pet. 5:7; Hymns, #643, s. 4; Hymns, #771, ss. 6-7).
Psa. 37:7a—Be still before Jehovah, and wait for Him.
Psa. 131:2—Surely I have calmed / And quieted my soul, / Like a weaned child with its mother; / Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Isa. 30:15—For thus says the Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, / In returning and rest you will be saved; / In quietness and in trust will be your strength; / But you were not willing.
Phil. 4:6-7—In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Phil. 4:71, peace—The result of practicing fellowship with God in prayer is that we enjoy the peace of God. The peace of God is actually God as peace (v. 9) infused into us through our fellowship with Him by prayer, as the counterpoise to troubles and the antidote to anxiety (John 16:33).
Phil. 4:72, guard—Or, mount guard over. The God of peace patrols before our hearts and thoughts in Christ, keeping us calm and tranquil.
1 Pet. 5:7—Casting all your anxiety on Him because it matters to Him concerning you.
Hymns, #643, s. 4
Take time to behold Him,
Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each temper
Beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit
To fountains of love,
Thou then shalt be fitted
His mercy to prove.
Hymns, #771, ss. 6-7
Though griefs and trials on us press,
We will not anxious be
But all our care upon Thee cast
And set our spirit free.
Oh, may I concentrated be
In fellowship with Thee,
My prayer and incense offering,
Thy Spirit leading me.
A person who fellowships with God must learn to be quiet. Being quiet is not merely to be freed from the entanglements of outward matters but also to let go of all the things that should not be in our mind, our thoughts. In other words, we need to quiet our mind.
The mind is the most difficult part of a person’s inner being to quiet. The young ones and the older ones have many thoughts in the morning when they rise. When a Christian desires to learn to fellowship with God, Satan will work very hard to inject many thoughts into his mind. Sometimes Satan injects thoughts to bother his mind and disturb his inner being. Therefore, we must first learn the lesson of being quiet so that we can have good fellowship with God. Whenever we come before God, we should not immediately pray, read the Bible, or sing hymns. Rather, we need to settle our being both inwardly and outwardly. However, we cannot be quiet for too long; otherwise, many scattered thoughts will begin to come in. This will not produce the desired result. Doing anything prior to our time of fellowship will be a distraction, and also being quiet for too long will not be profitable; we need to be balanced. (CWWL, 1959, vol. 3, “Lessons for New Believers,” lesson 22, p. 303)
© Living Stream Ministry. Used by permission.