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Daily Devotionals

Day 20 – Issue 12

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Be Still Know

Psalm 63:5-6 NLT

You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.

I’ve written previously that I can wake in the middle of the night and become gripped by fear. The fear is focused on a whole set of ‘what ifs?’ and seldom is there any substantial element to truly fear. I am not one who remembers dreams that easily; it is just that I simply wake and let my mind wildly imagine all the worst outcomes possible, thereby preventing me from falling back to sleep.

I can remember that as a child I was often anxious about getting things wrong. I am not sure if I ever freed myself from the assumption that there was some regulatory authority against which I was being measured. Ultimately, this influenced my understanding of God once I became a Christian. I saw it more as a series of rules than a simple and loving relationship. In fact, even once my mind had grasped that God’s love was full and free, I was still subconsciously bound by my sense of God as policeman, judge and jury. This created a deceitful way of living where I even attempted to disguise my behaviour to myself.

Only as I began my journey as a contemplative activist did I begin to realise the freedom that is mine in Jesus. Not a freedom [itals]from[end itals] God, rather a freedom [itals]for[end itals] God. I discovered the release prayer could bring to my troubled heart and mind. I recognised, with the psalmist, as I woke in the early hours, my peace lay in meditating on God. I learned to centre myself and through prayer step away from the thoughts that besieged my rest and tried to breach my peace of mind. Simply by praying the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed and the Jesus Prayer, I would either drift back to sleep or lay awake with the ability to manage my thoughts and rest in a peace-filled space.

QUESTION: Consider those thoughts that lay siege to your peace of mind.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.

Written by: Matt Weet

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