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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 13:05:36 -0600
Forwarded by:  "Europe Prophetic College" <EPC@...>

"The Power of Silence"
-by A.W. Tozer.

There are truths that can never be learned except in the 
noise and confusion of the market-place or in the tough 
brutality of combat. The tumult and the shouting teach 
their own rough lessons... 

But there is another school where the soul must go to 
learn its best eternal lessons. It is the school of silence. 
"Be still and know," said the psalmist, and there is a 
profound philosophy there, of universal application.

Prayer among evangelical Christians is always in danger 
of degenerating into a glorified gold rush. Almost every 
book on prayer deals with the "get" element mainly. 
How to get things we want from God occupies most of
the space. Now, we gladly admit that we may ask for 
and receive specific gifts and benefits in answer to 
prayer, but we must never forget that the highest kind of 
prayer is never the making of requests. Prayer at its
holiest moment is the entering into God to a place of 
such blessed union as makes miracles seem tame and 
remarkable answers to prayer appear something very far 
short of wonderful by comparison.

Holy men of soberer and quieter times than ours knew 
well the power of silence. David said, "I was dumb with 
silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my 
sorrow was stirred. My heart was hot within me; while 
I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue."

There is a tip here for God's modern prophets. The heart 
seldom gets hot while the mouth is open. A closed 
mouth before God and a silent heart are indispensable 
for the reception of certain kinds of truth. No man is
qualified to speak who has not first listened. It might 
well be a wonderful revelation to some Christians if they 
were to get completely quiet for a short time, long 
enough, let us say, to get acquainted with their own 
souls, and to listen in the silence for the deep voice of 
the Eternal God. The experience, if repeated often 
enough, would do more to cure our ulcers than all the 
pills that ever rolled across a desk.