THE QUIET PLACE // Song Story by Tom Aston
Prayer is powerful. We believe that God not only hears us when we pray, but has the power to act on and transform every situation we bring before him.
I often stumble into the trap of trying to do and fix everything myself when facing any difficulty or hardship. My human logic will not accept that spending time in prayer about things causing trouble will help in any way. For example, if I am stressed about the busyness of life and the length of my to-do list, often the last thing on that list is to find time to pray.
The Bible tells us in Luke 5:15-16:
"The news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
Even the Son of God needed moments in the quiet place to rest and pray and it is so important to follow this example. It is in this place of prayer where growth really happens. Not only can we communicate our heart to the Lord, but he also strengthens, heals and restores us in his love so that we may be able to build his kingdom here on earth, by his power, not our own.
The concept of writing a song about this quiet place was planted by Joe through the profound and declarative lyrics. As one of the founders of 'No Agenda', One Hope Project’s fortnightly worship evening, Joe has always encouraged myself and others in the truth about prayer - that our prayer and our worship can have an incredible impact on not just our own lives but our homes, family, churches, nations and our world. So we pray with confidence and expectation of seeing the kingdom of God here on earth.
Unconvinced? Try prayer in your own quiet place for as little as ten minutes each day. The morning is usually a good time for this. If you don't know what to say don't worry, our heavenly Father already knows everything on your heart. Rest in His presence, listen to His voice and be ready to see transformation!