1 Keep silence before me, coast lands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
There is an old tradition of Jewish sages before the time of Jesus; they would quiet themselves before praying to God so that they would remember who they were addressing. Many times we forget Who it is that we are speaking with when we pray, often times letting our desires and emotions rule our prayer life; acting out of irreverence and self pity. Going boldly before the gracious throne of God (Hebrews 4:16) is seen in Esther’s example of humility and confidence in God (Esther 5).
I was reminded of all of this when reading Isaiah 41:1. In the moments that we are quiet before God and know that He is God, it is then that our strength is renewed and we are reminded that He is our protection against our biggest problems (Psalm 46:10 & 11).
So be still and confident in our prayers to our loving Father, He gives peace that passes all understanding.