The Kiss of Prayer

Photo Credit: “Falling Leaf” by Marko Blažević | Public Domain via Unsplash | Used and modified with permission by Nexus Prayer International.

The K.I.S.S. of Prayer (Keep It Simple Stupid): Be Still!

You probably don’t know this about me, but I have a gift. It’s the gift of taking something simple and making it complicated! That’s why I must constantly remind myself of the K.I.S.S. method of prayer: keep it simple stupid! For example, who chooses to take two years (and counting) to study the first eight words of Psalm 46:10? Who does that? Me!

That said, today I have no shortage of themes from Psalm 46:10 to write about or anecdotes to share. Some of the insights I’ve gained—especially when examining the original languages and exploring ancient biblical history–have provided some very profound insights. Sometimes though, returning to the basics is best. Simple is good. Less is more. So, for today’s post, I simply want to keep it simple by once again taking a closer look at the word “still” of my favorite verse of Scripture.

Be still! The Heart of Nexus Prayer.

Those familiar with the five steps of nexus prayer will recall that the heart of Psalm 46:10 are the first words: “be still”. In ancient Hebrew it is transliterated into English as:

“Har’Pû (be still) ûd’û Kiy-änokhiy élohiym
ärûm BaGôyim ärûm Bääretz”

So, it is the first words of Psalm 46:10 – harpu – (be still) that I want to focus on today.

We know from the context of Psalm 46 that this admonition from God was literally a command to Israel to drop their weapons when threatened (as most biblical scholars believe) by King Sennacherib’s army. Likewise, we, too, are to drop everything in the face of all our enemies and battles of modern day life, and God will do the fighting (and win the victory) for us.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10

But what do those two words mean for us today? How are they to be applied to our lives? What does it mean for us to truly be still? To help you answer that question, consider the following top 25 definitions of “be still”, then add your own:

  • To let go
  • To be dumb (quiet)
  • To stop
  • To cease
  • To hold peace
  • To quiet oneself
  • To rest
  • To be silent
  • To sink
  • To relax
  • To withdraw
  • To let drop
  • To tarry
  • To wait
  • To mend
  • To cure
  • To heal
  • To repair
  • To thoroughly make whole
  • To shut up
  • To drop everything
  • To abate
  • To let alone
  • To cease fighting
  • To return
  • To slacken
  • To faint
  • To drop what you are holding in your hands
  • To let loose
  • To cast down
  • To be relaxed
  • To make no effort
  • To be without anxiety
  • To worry not
  • To stop doing and start being
  • To stop processing, talking, bragging, thinking, daydreaming, worrying, planning, plotting, and gently let go of all of our thoughts, distractions, sounds, memories, sins, problems, worries and fears, and just be still…and know that I am God.

To use the well-known and popular phrase, we are to: “Let go, and let God.” Enough said. Ready to begin? The nexus prayer can be learned and practiced in as little as 5 minutes a day.

NOTES & REFERENCES

1 Photo Credit: “Falling Leaf” by Marko Blažević | Public Domain via Unsplash | Used and modified with permission by Nexus Prayer International.

Let Go, and Let God!

"Winter Road" © Copyright Erin Theisen Photography | Used with Permission | Nexus Prayer International

 

Although not explicitly stated in Psalm 46, there is an implicit promise that is made by God each and every time we pray through Psalm 46:10 using Nexus Prayer.

In essence, we learn from the metaphors used in Psalm 46 that whenever the storms and tsunamis of life come (and they will); when our enemies (or worse, THE enemy) attack us; when we are overwhelmed by our daily trials and tribulations; when the clamor, the tumult, and battles of life cause us to worry and fear; and like Job, even when we lose everything we hold dear – our family and friends, our wealth and health – it is then we are to remember as did Martin Luther1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46: 1,7,11

But how does God perform His mightiest and miraculous work on our behalf? It is when we are still. Easier said than done, I know, but that is precisely the purpose and promise of Nexus Prayer, and why verse 10 is the pivotal verse of Psalm 46. It’s not what we do, but what God does. When we become still, our work ends and God’s work begins. Put another way using a very popular and often used expression, we are to “Let go, and let God!”

Not only do we see this principle at work in Psalm 46, but similarly in Exodus 14:13. You probably know the story well. The Jews, being led by Moses out of Egypt, were being pursued by Pharaoh’s army and wound up with their backs to the wall of the Red Sea with seemingly no way of escape. What was needed was Divine intervention. God’s solution? Run? Swim? Defend themselves by fighting back? No! God’s admonition to the children of Israel was to “Fear not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” In other words, do the opposite of what would seem common sense in the middle of those frightening circumstances – don’t be afraid, drop everything, stand still, and watch God deliver them from all of their enemies.

The same concept can be found in Psalm 27:7 where we are instructed to “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” In other words, it is only by our patient waiting and resting in God that the Lord will ultimately deliver us from all evil and harm. We are not to worry, but rather wait. Not to work, but rest.

Finally, it was Jesus himself who promised in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

That promise that Jesus made to his disciples centuries ago is the same identical promise He makes to all of his followers today who are willing to be still through the praying of Psalm 46:10. For it is when we become still – still in body, soul, spirit, and mind – that we discover true inner peace. The kind of peace that “passes all understanding” and that can withstand any storm of life, but that God only provides when we are still in His presence. The stillness found through Nexus Prayer.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

 

Ready to begin? Nexus Prayer can be done in as little as 5 minutes a day and The Steps are easy to learn. Questions? Feel free to contact me anytime!

NOTES & CREDITS:

1 It was Martin Luther who composed the classic hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (circa 1528), based on Psalm 46:1 and who sang it often whenever he felt overwhelmed by the persecutions and challenges of life.

2 “Winter Road” © 2016 Copyright Erin Theisen Photography | Used with Permission | Nexus Prayer International

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