The Silent Day
“Jesus is silent on Saturday. The women have anointed his body and placed it in Joseph’s tomb. The cadaver of Christ is as mute as the stone which guards it. He spoke much on Friday. He will liberate the slaves of death on Sunday. But on Saturday, Jesus is silent. Jesus is silent. God is silent. Saturday is silent. Jesus knew God would not leave him alone in the grave. You need to know, God will not leave you alone with your struggles. His silence is not his absence, inactivity is never apathy. Saturdays have their purpose. They let us feel the full force of God’s strength. You do what Jesus did. Lie still. Stay silent. Trust God.” (Max Lucado)1
“You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” (Acts 2:27; NIV)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
Sit or lie down very still today and rest in God’s holy presence.
Ask Him to speak to You – His love for you, His plans for you and your loved ones. Feel the force of His strength in the silence.
Repent, if you are having trouble being still and knowing He is God. He knows. Ask Him to help you desire these quiet moments with Him.
Intercede quietly and confidently for God to hover over our nation, over those who need Him, over circumstances that seem so out of control. In the stillness, feel His determination to complete the tasks He has started for America.
A prayer you can pray:
Lord, most people, including Believers, struggle to sit in quiet. We are so used to activity, even prayer activity. It feels foreign to “do nothing.” But, you did nothing, seemingly, on the day Jesus rested in that tomb. You were quiet right before the greatest victory the planet has ever experienced! You weren’t checked out, or angry, or rejecting man. You were waiting for the exact right moment to undo all the works of the evil one – in a powerful surprise moment! Show me how to rest and wait on You and Your perfect moments. Show me how to intercede for a nation that seems out of control right now. Show me how You are resting, waiting, for that perfect salvation moment. You are coming! Amen.
I decree that Jesus will not leave me alone in my struggles. He is coming to save me and save America at the exact right time!
1 Excerpted from The Silence of Saturday, 3/30/2013.