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Be Still


Many people find it difficult to pray and lots of people think that praying is just asking God for things. This assembly outline explores what prayer really is!

Being Busy

You may want to prepare a game of Pass the Parcel for this assembly! Wrap a present and pass it along and when the music stops, the person holding the parcel removes a sheet of paper. What was in the parcel? Who won? Talk about children’s party games: musical chairs, pass the parcel, pin the tail on the donkey. Do children play these any more at parties? Or do they celebrate and party in other ways? There is a traditional party games, which we used to play when we were young, called ‘Musical Statues.’ The idea was to dance when the music played, and when the music stopped, you stopped—as still as possible. If you moved, then you were out of the game! Do any of the young people remember playing it when they were younger? How difficult is it to stop and be completely still?

Lots of people find it very difficult to stop and be still in their daily lives. Even in assembly we find it difficult to sit and be still. There seem to be so many distractions and temptations to talk and wriggle about. And it’s the same in our daily lives. There is so much to do, so many things to see, so many different things to think about and talk about and experience. Some people don’t get a moment to themselves. They are exhausted by rushing around from one thing to the next. They worry about this thing or that thing. They lead hectic lives. They are never still for a moment! But it’s important sometimes to be still. To relax. To take time out. To be comfortable with stillness and silence.

Be Still and Know that I am God
In one of the psalms (songs) of the Bible there is a lovely line. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ (Psalm 46:10) Sometimes, it’s possible to be such busy Christians, such busy people, that we can forget about God or why we are doing anything that we do. Sometimes, we can spend so much time doing things ‘for’ God and not really spend any time with him. And we can also forget that prayer is not necessarily about saying anything, or using words. Sometimes, it is enough just to be still. There is a story told about St John Vianney (known as the Cure D’Ars) who lived in France in the 19th century. He was a very holy man, prayerful, devout, an inspiration to so many people. He watched an old woman going into the church every day and spending time in prayer. He wanted to know what she prayed about. What did she say to God? And so St John Vianney decided to ask her. He response was very simple. ‘I look at him, he looks at me and we tell each other that we love each other.’

Spend some quiet time
So next time you are worried or worked up about something, spend some time aside. Perhaps try to have some time of stillness every day—to enjoy the presence of God, to rest in his presence. You don’t have to say a word. And neither is silence about everything being quiet around you. It’s about being still and silent within. Just be still and know that God is there! It will enable you to put everything in perspective, it will help you to be calm and, above all, it will help you to grow closer to God.

Invite them to be still for a moment, to enjoy the silence.

Lord Jesus,
help us to find you in the stillness and the silence. Amen.

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“Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us." St Teresa of Avila

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