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Making Time

Read Psalm 46

"Stand silent! Know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation in the world!"

Psalm 46:10 (TLB)

Michael A. Poe lives in Florida. From the moment his alarm goes off until he falls into bed at night, he feels like he is constantly on the go. Between school, work, and home, he rushes from one place to the next. If he ever has a moment of silence, it's usually filled with a phone call or listening to music. It is no wonder at the end of the day that Michael feels completely drained!

Psalm 46:10 reminds Michael that his life is missing intentional silence. It encourages him not just to be still but, in his stillness, to remember that God is in charge. Even Jesus took time away from his ministry to be alone and talk with God.

Throughout the years, Michael has spent some time in the Middle East, and he has always marveled at the faithfulness of his Muslim friends. No matter what they are doing, they stop five times a day to spend time with God when they hear the call to prayer. Michael admires the way they have chosen to be intentional about their prayer lives. Perhaps we can follow the example of our Muslim siblings and set specific times throughout the day to spend time with God - praying, reading scripture, and following the example Jesus set for us.

Prayer: Dear God, you are bigger than our busyness. Help us to set aside the noise of life and to sit in silence with you, even just for a moment, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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