A Prayer for Settling and Centering in Times of Restlessness

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Ps. 46:10-11

Sovereign Father, whenever I hear the command, “Be still,” I have to remind myself that you’re not telling us to sit still, but to be still; and there’s a world and a gospel of difference between the two. Sometimes I can be sitting perfectly still but my mind and heart race all over the place, and my hands reach for something to hold onto—something to either stabilize or anesthetize me in a world I cannot control.

I can will my way into a seat, but nothing but the gospel can bring my racing thoughts into captivity; nothing but grace can center my wondering and wandering heart; nothing but your love can fill my hands or heart with an anchor of real peace and hope.

When I am still, I remember that you are God and nothing and no one else is. That’s the best news of this or any day. You have no competition—counterfeits, but no competition. There are demigods, semi-gods, wannabe gods, but only you are God.

Kings and nations aren’t god; for one day you will be exalted among all the nations. The nations are like tiny droplets in your big bucket (Isa. 40:15). You laugh real loud when the nations gather against you, to conspire your overthrow and replacement (Psalm 2). Storms and environmental …

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