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.


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

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