Psalm 131:1-3, “O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.

Prayer can become task orientated, checking off a list of things and getting a task done, then moving on. But in prayer, we come to our Father who gives stillness as a gift. This is also an attitude that God commands us to take up before Him (Ps. 46:10).

When we approach with a task-focused attitude, our praying betray a desire to get things done according to our agenda rather than God’s. David said: “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me” (v1). He isn’t trying to be God, instead, verse 2 says, “I am like a weaned child with its mother.” This is the stillness that God invites us into as we relate to Him in prayer, and in this stillness – we should pursue Him.