Prayer As Everyday Life

3 Tips to Experience Jesus' Presence in Silence

3 Tips to Experience Jesus' Presence in Silence

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Friday, April 07, 2017

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How to seek God in silence in the ordinary moments of life. ... Read More

3 Tips to Experience Jesus’ Presence in the Midst of Your Busyness

3 Tips to Experience Jesus’ Presence in the Midst of Your Busyness

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Friday, March 17, 2017

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Some simple spiritual "tweaks" in how we move through our days can make a huge difference in how we view and practice prayer in the midst of seasons when life is extraordinarily busy. ... Read More

8 Scriptural Prayer Practices to Engage God

8 Scriptural Prayer Practices to Engage God

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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As I studied the Bible, I discovered multiple examples for utilizing our bodies and our voices in prayer. ... Read More

Experiencing Joy and Being Aware of God's Presence

Experiencing Joy and Being Aware of God's Presence

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Monday, February 06, 2017

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I am on a journey to narrow the gaps of unawareness of Christ’s Presence within me so that the truth of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 can take root in my spirit and grow to fullness. ... Read More

A Prayer to Be Christlike

A Prayer to Be Christlike

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Thursday, January 19, 2017

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Every morning I try to pray, “Father, show me how to be more like Jesus Christ today so that You will be glorified!” ... Read More

4 Prayers from Psalm 25 to Deepen Your Soul

4 Prayers from Psalm 25 to Deepen Your Soul

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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I read and pray through the Psalms almost every day. Sometimes I get stuck…I’m sure you have experienced it too. There are certain verses that stop me in my tracks – even when I have read them many times before. A few days ago I had one of those expe ... Read More

Time in the Tent

Time in the Tent

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Friday, November 04, 2016

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Prayers from the Pit

Prayers from the Pit

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Thursday, September 29, 2016

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The past several months have been personally difficult and discouraging due to some pressing and very serious issues in our family. I’m sure you have all experienced such struggles. And, if you are like me, the almost overwhelming weight of the tempt ... Read More

Squirrel! (The Difference between Hearing God and Listening to God)

Squirrel! (The Difference between Hearing God and Listening to God)

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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My poor husband! I can sometimes be one of those “squirrel” people – you know the ones. You may be having a conversation and in the middle, the person to whom you are talking or who is talking to you gets suddenly and radically distracted by somethin ... Read More

Prayer Points for Your Best Kingdom Life

Prayer Points for Your Best Kingdom Life

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Friday, May 20, 2016

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Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! We have all made this declaration thousands of times, and yet, there are so many insidious ways that the Enemy of our souls finds to take our hearts off of God’s heavenly will for His ... Read More

Shine On Us!

Shine On Us!

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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Whenever Moses entered the presence of the Lord, his face shone: “It came about when Moses was coming down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the testimony were in Moses’ hand as he was coming down from the mountain), that Moses did not know th ... Read More

Prayer as Kingdom Ministry for God’s People

Prayer as Kingdom Ministry for God’s People

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Many churches struggle with helping people to connect with kingdom ministry when they are unsure of what God wants them to do. ... Read More

A Lifestyle of Forgiveness

A Lifestyle of Forgiveness

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Tuesday, March 01, 2016

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Recently, I prayed with a young woman I had not previously met who was suffering many stresses in her young life: a struggling child, her grandfather’s recent stroke, a difficult ex-husband and a lack of peace. She is a born-again believer and deeply ... Read More

Book of Acts Praying: Best Practice for Church Growth

Book of Acts Praying: Best Practice for Church Growth

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Monday, February 01, 2016

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Spiritual and numerical growth for churches has been under the magnifying glass for many years. There have been multiple strategies put forward to remedy the struggles and deficiencies associated with drawing people to Jesus and His Church…and then g ... Read More

Nurturing Prayer as Every Day Life

Nurturing Prayer as Every Day Life

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Monday, December 14, 2015

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“When you are able to create a lonely place in the middle of your actions and concerns, your successes and failures slowly can lose some of their power over you.” ~ Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude ... Read More

Prayer in Difficult Circumstances

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Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Monday, October 26, 2015

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Are You Listening?

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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I work with many leadership teams, including pastors, prayer ministry teams, missions teams, etc. about hearing from God together for next steps…for decision-making and roadmaps into the future of kingdom work, etc. Of course, without each individual ... Read More

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Friday, August 28, 2015

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Sometimes God just puts things into perspective and smacks me upside the head! I was struggling to write this blog today…nothing was coming to mind, even as I prayed and searched the Scriptures for a jump start. ... Read More

Light a Fire!

Light a Fire!

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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For several years now, I’ve been shepherding a creative week by week 24-7 prayer experience called Light the Fire. A “torch” of prayer is passed between churches, colleges and missions organizations that participate throughout the year. Based on the ... Read More

iDolatry

iDolatry

Author:Kim Butts

Topic Date:Monday, June 29, 2015

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My husband and I are preparing for a three month sabbatical (which will have begun by the time you read this blog). It is our sense that our most effective years of ministry lie ahead ... Read More

MY BLOG HAS BEEN RELOCATED!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hello to my blog followers! I just wanted to let you know that my blog is now being hosted on another site! You will still be able to follow/subscribe - just go to the bottom of the new blog and enter your email.  Here is the Link!

Thanks! We wanted to put all of our blogs for Harvest Prayer Ministries et al on the same site, so you can now check out multiple blogs on prayer at: www.prayerconnect.net/Blogs

Prayer Connect is our new magazine on prayer! Please help us get the word out!

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Spiritual Disciplines of Prayer (Part Two: Silence as Intimacy with God)

Thursday, November 03, 2011

“But oh! God is in his holy Temple! Quiet everyone – a holy silence. Listen!”  Habakkuk 2:20 MSG

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”  Luke 5:16

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7a

Jesus frequently separated Himself from the busy, noisy life of His ministry to be alone in the Presence of His Father. Scripture teaches clearly how He repeatedly went to quiet, lonely places to pray. Jesus drew apart in order to hear from God and to be refreshed and renewed in the Presence of  His Father.  Because of this disciplined intimacy, Jesus was able to commune with God and discern His voice in the midst of the noise and activity around Him. If this was the regular rhythm of the life of Jesus, it should be so for us as well.

Dallas Willard states, “God's provision for us and for His work through us is adequate. We do not have to ‘make it happen.’ We must stop shouldering the burdens of ‘outcomes.’ These are safely in His hands. Someone insightfully said, ‘The greatest threat to devotion to Christ is service for Christ.’ Allowing service for Christ to steal our devotion to Him is a radical failure in personal soul care. But it is one from which the practice of communing with Christ in times of solitude and silence can deliver us.”

If we can’t hear God in the silence, how can we ever hope to hear Him in the constant hammering din of everyday life?  It is difficult to separate ourselves at times from all of the spiritual “do-ing” in order to take the time necessary to listen for His voice, no matter what form it takes (that’s entirely up to Him). Often, we make a perfunctory attempt to be still and know that He alone is God, when we are really consumed with wondering “how long is this going to take before I hear something?” Perhaps a key lesson within silence is to learn how to be content in the Presence of God whether He chooses to speak or not. A sweet memory came back to me while writing this. I remember one late night when my husband and I discovered it had started to snow. We turned out the lights and sat snuggled together on the couch just watching in perfect silence…no words were spoken. Simply being together in that moment was enough.

Our purpose for silence must never be attached to an agenda in order to “get” something from God. Our intent is to simply be in His presence…and if we learn how to be content there…we will become in time, a prepared, consecrated vessel, ready to hear from Him when He chooses to speak. Silence teaches us contentment in waiting. Can the knowledge of His presence be sufficient in your every day life?

How do we make the transition from silence to carrying His Presence into whatever each day brings to us as Jesus did so seamlessly?  Carving small moments of stillness into my day often helps…little mini Sabbaths of rest such as taking a walk, gazing out a window, putting on headphones to block out the noise around me, etc. There are creative ways to be still, but it is definitely a discipline that needs to be nurtured.

“In a noise-polluted world, it is even difficult to hear ourselves think let alone try to be still and know God. Yet it seems essential for our spiritual life to seek some silence, no matter how busy we may be. Silence is not to be shunned as empty space, but to be befriended as fertile ground for intimacy with God.”  Susan Muto...More»»

Spiritual Disciplines of Prayer (Part 1: Seeking God in Silence)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6)

Do you find that you are sometimes easily sidetracked from the importance of an issue at hand by small, insignificant things that can cause you to lose your focus completely? I am very susceptible to such distractions, especially when I am attempting to attend to my own soul. For instance, it is a simple thing to be intent upon sitting in the lovely company of the Father, only to find that something left undone on my “to do” list can quickly yank me out of His presence.

Oh, I know about devices such as writing down the distracting issue in order to go back to it later; however, my ultimate goal is to be so fixed upon Jesus that nothing can keep me from seeking more of Him once He and I are in the midst of a sweet time of communion. Are there some prayer strategies that can help us remain in the Presence of God without allowing the persistent annoyances of life to intrude, even if we are in the middle of them? I believe there are several that, when practiced regularly, can allow our love relationship with the Father through prayer to be embedded into the natural flow of life. Today I will focus on the discipline of seeking God in silence in the ordinary moments of life. Be watching future blogs for other spiritual disciplines that help us to focus upon God in prayer.

“To pray is to descend with the mind into the heart and there to stand before the face of the Lord, ever present, all seeing within you.” --Theophan the Recluse

When our minds are separated from our hearts through the busyness of life, it is difficult to be continually present to God. If we desire to hear His voice and seek Him continually, we must learn how to submit our minds to Him at the level of our hearts, silencing the din around us. Therefore, we bring all of our worries, stresses, situations, relationships, work, needs, joys, sorrows, etc. to the Father in a prayer of the heart. Like an open book we stand before the One who lives within us through the power of the Holy Spirit. If our purpose is to seek Him, and to draw near to Him, then our hearts are the location of that meeting, and our priority is to submit our activity, work, and feelings to Jesus.

How is this possible? How do we come near to God in this way? What kind of posture, position or mindset will draw us into His presence?  It is in silence that we surrender to His kingdom purposes for us. When we still our noisy thoughts and quiet our driven ambitions, we are able to meet face to face with the Lord while He may be found! We are able to call upon Him while He is near, because there is nothing blocking our communion. His full attention is upon us at all times…but now our full attention is also upon God.

If we practice stillness before God in the midst of the noise around us, taking time to close ourselves off from the distractions of the moment we are in, we will be able to hear the Father speak in our yieldedness. It may mean finding a quiet place to spend a few minutes alone in order to block out the din around us. Or, it may mean putting on some headphones or inserting earplugs. Taking time to be still in silence takes much practice; however, the result will be invaluable to our souls. As we listen, God may give words of comfort, encouragement, conviction, etc. Or, perhaps He will just sit with us in a way that we know we have been in His Presence, even for a moment…and that will be enough. 

“In silence, you leave the many to be with the One.” (Mama Maggie Gobran)
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