Brother Lee points out in these two sections that we need to practice to quiet our entire being, shut the door to the outside world, and turn deeply to the Lord in our spirit. This is to appear before the Lord. Although sometimes our need is to cry out in a loud way to get out of ourselves and release our spirit in praise, Brother Lee’s emphasis in this chapter is that we need to quiet our entire being and bring all the parts of our being into subjection to the spirit. He encourages us that this takes much practice. Many of us can testify that as soon as we are quiet, our mind begins to wander and to consider all of the matters that are pressing upon us. We need to learn to leave all of the earthly matters behind and to contact the Lord in an intimate and secret way.
This takes much learning and many lessons. Many times it takes twenty minutes just to calm our being down. Once our being is calm we are brought into the presence of the Lord, into the index of His eyes, and are able to speak with Him, to listen to Him, and to wait on Him. May we give ourselves to cultivate such a time with the Lord! If not every day, at least we can set aside a few times each week to appear before the Lord!