Thursday, October 27, 2022

Listening - Experience

"I'm speechless, in awe - words fail me. I've talked too much... 
I'm ready to shut up and listen." Job 40:4-5 The Message

If you have not read any of Richard Foster's writings, I encourage you to do so. He is most known for Celebration of Disciplinebut I particularly like Prayer, Finding the Heart's True Home which I have read at least 6 times, each time finding new truths, and I guarantee it will greatly impact your prayer life. Foster's introduction suggests encouraging "one another to discover the footprints of God in our daily existence, and to venture out with God into areas where we have previously walked alone or not at all."
The aim is not external conformity, whether to doctrine or deed, but the reformation of the inner self - of the spiritual core, the place of thought and feeling, or will and character. Richard Foster
My heart's deep desire is to listen to God, to increase my awareness of Him in my daily life. Foster writes, "Challenge yourself to look for God in new places.” He stresses, "The Spiritual Disciplines in and of themselves have no merit whatsoever. They possess no righteousness, contain no rectitude. Their purpose - their only purpose - is to place us before God." I do pray that you will find a devotional or Bible study or some other ways to guide you in contemplating the Scriptures and God's presence in your life. We each must find time to study and listen for God’s voice, to find ourselves, like Job, speechless before God. THEN, we are to share what we learn, what we experience, and put our understanding into practical use. -dho
Holy Father, 
Open my heart, for I long to hear Your voice. I listen for Your instructions, meditate on Your wonders. I collate my random thoughts and lay them at Your altar. Through the silence, I hear Your whispers of mercy and compassion and tenderness. Inside my longing heart, prayers of praise rise to You. My soul finds satisfaction in the shadow of Your protection that exists nowhere elseHoly Spirit, bring His presence and His peace. Amen.  ~ dho

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