Activated - - NEWS - By Keith Phillips

“God finds ways to com­mu­ni­cate with those who truly seek Him,” Chris­tian au­thor Philip Yancey wrote, “es­pe­cially when we lower the vol­ume of the sur­round­ing static.” Nearly 300 years ear­lier, Isaac New­ton made the same dis­cov­ery, which he ex­plained this way: “I can take my tele­scope and look mil­lions of miles into space; but I can lay my tele­scope aside, go into my room and shut the door, and while in earnest prayer I see more of heaven and get closer to God than I can when as­sisted by all the tele­scopes … on earth.”

A quote from Vir­ginia Brandt Berg takes that thought a step fur­ther: “When you come aside from tem­po­ral things which dis­tract and ha­rass you, and there in the pres­ence of God you put your mind on the things of God, His majesty and glory, then the trans­form­ing power of God be­gins to work.”

That ex­plains the who, when, why, and how of the trans­for­ma­tion process, but trans­formed to what? That's the best part! Paul tells us, “All of us who have had that veil re­moved can see and re­flect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glo­ri­ous im­age.”

1 If that kind of quiet re­flec­tion can get that kind of re­sults, then why don't we do it more of­ten? Most of the time, it's due to the “sur­round­ing static.” We're dis­tracted by our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and rou­tines, the bus­tle of oth­ers around us, a con­stant bar­rage of in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment, and our own thoughts. It's also plain hard work to en­ter into God's pres­ence through prayer, es­pe­cially when we haven't made it a habit.

How can we make it a habit? Through suf­fi­cient mo­ti­va­tion and con­sis­tent prac­tice. What bet­ter time to start prac­tic­ing than to­day?

Keith Phillips was Activated’s edi­tor-in-chief for 14 years from 1999 to 2013. He and his wife Caryn now work with the home­less in the U.S.A.

We … be­lieve in a God who freely cre­ates the world and sets it in or­der and adorns it with beauty, so that hu­man minds may see the signs of his power and grace and love­li­ness in what he has made. [We] be­lieve in a God who wishes to be known, since he has made hu­man be­ings to find peace and joy in know­ing him. [We] be­lieve in a God who not only shows signs of his power in cre­ation but also tells us what his will and pur­pose is for us: he shows us what kind of life we must lead in or­der to be at peace with him—a life of jus­tice and truth­ful­ness, mercy and self-con­trol. — Rowan Wil­liams (b. 1950)

1. 2 Corinthi­ans 3:18 NLT

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