Prayer and meditation are extremely important. Prayer, could be said, is a short version of time spent with the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit; while meditation is when we have the opportunity to develop a deep, meaningful relationship with the Trinity.
Quiet Time was a concept practiced by the early members of AA. This whole idea was born from the Oxford Group and Dr. Bob’s wife, Anne Smith, took notes of some of the meetings where the men would gather and meditate. The practice is truly amazing, deeply moving and creates a space for the Holy Spirit unlike most people are familiar.
During the early days of AA the world was still fairly quiet and all the noise that fills our world today was not part of the landscape. There were only minor interruptions that involved blasts of noise, like sirens, train whistles, traffic and the list goes on and on. Yes, theses were part of the landscape, just not to the degree we have today. This made it much easier to get into a deep meditation, which is nothing more than focusing on a particular item, phrase or whatever, mediation is not some mythical, heathen behavior. Can you imagine how quiet the world was when Jesus Christ walked the world? WOW!
John of Patmos took quiet to another level and moved to an island and lived in a cave. It must have been supremely quiet when he was praying and meditating on the Lord. So, to hear a “loud voice, as of a trumpet” must’ve been absolutely terrifying – or was it absolutely comforting?
How do you react when the house makes an unusual noise? Yeah, me too! Now, to hear a voice like a trumpet – behind you – would probably have us all jumping right out of our skin!
John took it in stride and knew – he knew – it was the Lord by His words. Would we know or would we second guess or believe it was the house making an unusual noise? John of Patmos knew.
Revelation 1 NKJV
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”