Die Andacht für heute von Joachim Westphal fußt auf mehreren Texten aus dem Markusevangelium. Thema ist Stille Zeit.
Wie üblich kann die Andacht für etwa vier Wochen nachgehört werden. – Eine englische Übersetzung folgt unten. English version below.
A quiet time (March 25th, 2020)
And in the morning, a long time before daylight, he got up and went out to a quiet place, and there he gave himself up to prayer. (Mark 1,35)
Is there still such a thing as a quiet time since there is so much stress and noise in our world? We are constantly driven by radio, TV, and the internet, and honestly, can’t barely live without them. We are so used to this noise that a quieter life seems strange to us. And with the cell phone, we are available at all times and in all places. Wherever we go, we can see other people on the phone, talking, and talking, and talking.
Next time you’ll be outside, listen to how many ring tones you hear and look how many passers-by are on their phones. We are not a quiet society, we are loud. We are pathetic because we can’t stop, we can’t calm down. We groan with the burden of all the stress we have but instead of moving into the quiet, instead of leaving the noise behind and taking time off the noise, we rather add more activities and appointments to our calendars. That’s how we are: we don’t make time for deep breaths, we won’t make time for relieve in quietness. But because our world is re-inventing itself, we will now have a chance at getting to know again what quietness means.
We make new experiences, we got the gift of time. Time to reflect. Time to do things that we usually don’t do. We have time now to reflect on passed experiences in order to make changes for the future. There is a new time-slot for a quiet time. Time to talk with God, time to give yourself up in prayer.
Quiet time, quietness, is now important to us and God also wants us to live quiet times. But what does »quiet time« mean exactly? God wants to guide us out of our busy and loud daily lives into a quietness where we can recover. In His presence, we experience security and silence. A time that we spend in His presence is like taking a leave from the rush, the noise, and the hustle of our daily lives. With Him, we can recharge and recover from all our burdens. He wants to lead us into the quiet for he wants to talk to us. He wants us to take a break from our activities so that we can study His word in the bible so that He can talk to us. Those of us who study His words will learn a lot about our Father. When we arrive at giving up the things that constantly chase each other in our heads, when we accomplish to envelope ourselves in quietness so that we can listen to God’s voice – then we will be able to ask the most important question: »God, what do you want?«
God’s voice is a whisper like a light breeze. When we move through our loud world, we won’t be able to hear it. We need that quiet time to hear what God is saying. We need to feel God’s presence. All over the world, there are scheduled times for prayer now for people to come closer to God. We are praying for all those who are affected by the Corona virus, we are praying for those who fight in the front line to help others, we are praying for people who are frightened and desperate.
We are also standing in the front of the line – with our prayers.
A quiet time is like an armor for what there is yet to come. Of course there are many good reasons for us to pray – the important thing is that we do pray. Praying is the only way to grow in our faith and to be with God. So let’s follow Jesus because Jesus himself was a role model for taking a quiet time for himself. Whenever he wanted to be close to his Father, he withdrew for praying:
Mark 1,35: And in the morning, a long time before daylight, he got up and went out to a quiet place, and there he gave himself up to prayer.
Matthew 14,23: And after he had sent the people away, he went up into the mountain by himself for prayer: and when evening was come, he was there by himself.
Mark 14,39:And again he went away, and said a prayer, using the same words.
Matthew 26,42: Again, a second time he went away, and said in prayer, O my Father, if this may not go from me without my taking it, let your pleasure be done
Matthew 26,44: And he went away from them again, and a third time said the same prayer.
Now is the time, and it is very important, to talk to God and to do so constantly. The more prayers God will hear, the more aware He will be of the situation and will then send His Holy Spirit to let people look at him again.
God be with you. Stay healthy.