Thursday, March 26, 2009


Recently one of my friends was in prayer, and looking up verses in the Bible and going over prayer requests for a really long time. During this time I was working and waiting for a reply to one of my texts and assumed she had gone to bed. She texted me back at around 3:30 in the morning...yeah kinda weird how God keeps such late ours. It's almost like He doesn't sleep or something. Anyway, she tells me she has no voice and at this point something just clicks and I realize something that I knew but didn't know I knew, or maybe it was something I knew I should have known. Either way it was pretty cool. When we seek God and want to hear Him, the cost is sometimes losing our voice altogether.

Physically we should lose our voice when we are seeking God with our whole being. In worship our vocal chords should become strained in exclamation in the love for our Savior. We should talk until we are blue in the face, as we give thanksgiving for all that He does for us. In our adoration of He who set us free, our praise should be loud enough that we should leave wherever we are with our ears ringing and our throats in need of something warm to drink, and in our back pockets we should have a ticket from the police for breaking a noise ordinance.
In submission we should lose our voice. When we really surrender to the Almighty, we realize it is no longer our voice. " I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" Galatians 2:20. When words come out of our mouths, they should be "cross-filtered". We have been crucified on the cross with Christ and risen to a new life and so the words that flow from our mouths should be controlled and filtered by that same cross we were on.
In prayer we should lose our voice. Not in all cases should we have no voice when we are in prayer. So often we desire to hear God but don't close our noise-boxes long enough to listen to something God is trying to say to us. Why would we talk over our perfect all-knowing, loving and merciful God, when we are nothing more than vapors? It is in the stillness, the quiet that God speaks; in fact, I think God whispers sometimes, so we have to really trey to hear Him. "How bad do You want to hear Me? I AM, at your service, I AM, speaking to you right now? Can you hear me?" When have I missed Him or when have you missed Him. Maybe He has to whisper to get our attention. We have constant noise around us, so we might not even recognize His voice.

I am indebted to Allie for inspiring this post. It is through her friendship with me and in her relationship with God that i found my "muse" for this post. May others be so blessed to encounter another, who has such an appetite for God.