Spiritual Practice


Ashley Oliver & Dana Welch

I had been feeling disconnected from God, and I couldn’t figure out why. Numerous times I had cried out, “Where are you, God? Why don’t I feel you close to me?” After much prayer and searching, I realized that I was keeping myself disconnected from God. I allowed myself to get overwhelmed with schoolwork, fear, worry, and anxiety; and I completely forgot that God was right beside me to help me through every stressful time. If we let ourselves get overwhelmed to the point that we lose sight of God, our faith may weaken and we may feel alone and hopeless. But when we keep our eyes on God and remember God’s love and care for us, we can get through anything. God is never too busy for us, so let’s not get too busy for God.

—Ashley Oliver, 18


“Be still, and know that I am God!”
Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)

BE STILL: When I take the time to be completely silent and to listen to God, I am able to see how God directs and influences my life. By shutting out distractions and simply resting and listening, I have seen my path revealed and I have learned to trust God to guide my life. Prayer is not a monologue; it is a conversation. God may be trying to talk to us, but maybe we are not able to hear. Today, I challenge you to rest in silent prayer and to listen.

—Dana Welch, 19

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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