Practising the spiritual discipline of silence and solitude is an intentional outward discipline. Whenever you get away from the noise and busyness of life to encounter God through silence and solitude, He’ll change your soul in ways that go beyond words.
SPIRITUAL STUFF FOR THE EVERYDAY SOUL
Message by Josh Mutter – September 29, 2019
SILENCE & SOLITUDE
- The discipline of silence is the voluntary and temporary practice of not speaking
- The discipline of solitude is the voluntary and temporary practice of withdrawing to privacy
WE PRACTICE SILENCE AND SOLITUDE TO…
1. Follow Jesus’ example
Luke 4:42 NIV At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.
2. Hear the voice of God better
3. Regain a spiritual perspective
Luke 1:5-20 NIV (The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold)
Luke 6:12-13 NIV One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles…
1. Previewing the Day: List it – Name it – Offer it – Sit with Him
2. On the Go: Turn Off the Noise
3. Reviewing the Day: Sit with Him – Replay it – Reflect on it – Pray it
Other related resources worth checking out:
Nathan and Richard Foster (Christian theologian and author in the Quaker tradition) bring us along for a hike on a Colorado trail as they have a heart to heart chat about solitude, silence, leadership, and special rocks.
Zane Creamer is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute and the Women’s Ministries Director at Crossroads Church in Raleigh, NC. Nathan Foster chats with Zane—an extrovert—about how solitude transformed the way she spends time with God
Based on Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence.