Prayer involves talking, listening

Our world has been shaken, hasn’t it?

Everyone feels it. We know God has promised to be with us, but sometimes, fear and anxiety begin to creep in. It is so important in times of uncertainty that we choose to continue to trust in God. We must learn to refocus our lives on him.

As the world and circumstances in the world get darker, the light of Jesus shines brighter and brighter. We need to set aside time to recalibrate or refocus our lives on our heavenly father.

Our lives won’t stay focused automatically. It happens with intentionality. It happens in solitude, through prayer and as we read his Word.

If you have the news on all day or you spend hours scrolling through social media, your life will quickly get out of balance, and you will be overwhelmed with worry, fear and anxiety. That is when discouragement can easily set in.

It is important to set aside time to quiet your spirit, spend some time in God’s Word, talk to him in prayer and then listen to what he has to say to you. Remember, prayer is two-way communication. It involves both talking and listening.

I love The Message paraphrase of Proverbs 3:5-6; “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

As we quarantine our bodies to keep each other healthy, I want to remind you that at our core we are spiritual beings, so don’t just protect your body. Protect your mind. Protect your heart. Protect your emotions. Protect the spiritual aspect of your life.

Feed on things that lead to mental and spiritual health. Jesus said, “What would you benefit if you gain the whole world but still lose your soul?” Please make sure you are taking good care of this unseen part of your life.

When our world is rocking back and forth, we need something stable to focus on and something solid to hold on to. In times of instability, we need an anchor.

The purpose of an anchor is to keep a ship safe and secure at a desired location. For an anchor to accomplish this objective, it must be solid and dependable. Otherwise, it can’t provide any stability in the storm.

No captain would ever depend on a 5-pound dumbbell to serve as an anchor on a cruise ship. That won’t keep the ship safe or prevent it from drifting. I am convinced that many people are beginning to realize that what they have been trusting in is not enough.

For instance, if your faith was in the stock market or your retirement account, I have a feeling your faith has been shaken in recent weeks.

God is the anchor that provides stability and hope during the trials and storms of life. We have all chosen to place our faith in something or someone. Whatever it is, I have a feeling it is being tested.

The storm quickly lets us know if our anchor is dependable, steadfast and secure. When you place your faith in God and when you choose to anchor your life in him, you won’t be disappointed.

Steve Greene is the lead pastor of The Point in Seymour. Read his blog at or email him at [email protected]. Send comments to [email protected].