It has been several months since I have spent the day by myself. Today, I am thankful for the silence. Silence is golden. I learned from Becky Tirabassi to pray an acronym PART and LMNOP. P stands for praise, A for admission, R for request, T for thanksgiving this is our Part. The LMNOP is God’s Part, L is for listening, M is for messages, N for scripture from the New Testament, O for scripture from the Old Testament. P for scripture from the Proverbs. Of course, one composes this all together and writes a prayer to the Lord. In the listening part, often one gets marching orders from the Lord. Another beautiful thing to do is to take a portion of scripture and write it with your name in it or write it in a prayer.
Becky Tirabassi if you do not know her testimony has read the Bible and prayed for an hour a day for over thirty years. She writes her prayers out. She has mentored me in the past. Her testimony unique in that when she prayed with the janitor at the church, she was delivered from alcoholism. She never drank again.
Beloved, I looked up silence in verses and the idea was not conveyed so I checked quiet and I think this verse shares what I am trying to share. In 1 Thessalonians 4:11 the verse says, “to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,” 1 Peter 3: 4 says, “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Whether you write your prayers, or audibly pray your prayers for me the hardest time is the listening and being silent or quiet before the Lord.
Father God, thank you that you listen to our prayers and you give us our marching orders in your word and when we pray and when we are silent before you. Thank you for Becky Tirabassi and what she has meant to me in my life. Thank you that we can be silent and be productive. Help us to follow you, in Jesus name Amen.
How often are you silent before the Lord?
Have you tried writing your prayers?