Silence is an answer to prayer if we allow ourselves to recognize it as such. Visualize a time when you were frantically launching prayer darts at God demanding immediate answers and solutions. Did you compulsively zero in on one circumstance after another asking yourself, “is that a sign? No, over there, that’s a sign! Wait a minute, I think this is a sign!”

Stop!

Reclaim your peace.

Here’s a thought: maybe if we slowed down and rested in the silence of no perceived answer, we could instead absorb God’s comforting presence. Resting in silences is liberating. The enveloping warmth of peaceful silence can be the very essence of answered prayer. The resting can permeate your spirit so deeply that you can confidently say, “I know that God has heard me.” He urges us to be still and know that He is God.

While meditating on this thought, I recalled the words to the old hymn, Near to the Heart of God.

“There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release, near to the heart of God.

Today, try resting in the quiet and rebuke the clamoring cacophony of doubt determined to interrupt your peaceful silence. 

Can you sense the quiet rest, the sweet comfort, the full release of silence?

You keep in peace men of constant mind, in peace because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3