Staying Focused (12 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Young people can live a clean life by obeying your word. I worship you with all my heart. Don’t let me walk away from your commands. I treasure your word above all else; it keeps me from sinning against you. I praise you, LORD! Teach me your laws. With my own mouth, I will tell others the laws that you have spoken. Obeying your instructions brings as much happiness as being rich. I will study your teachings and follow your footsteps. I will take pleasure in your laws and remember your words. 

(Psalm 119. 9 – 16)

Reflect:

We read newspapers, textbooks and reports for information. We read the Scriptures for transformation. We cannot rush through the Bible- we must pray through it. As we do, we will encounter God himself.

Respond:

Try and find 15 minutes or longer to read through some scriptures today. You might want to start with a Psalm – the prayer book of the Bible. Start with a time of silence and then read slowly, asking for the Spirit to illuminate what you are reading. End with a time of prayer.

Midday Meditation:

You, LORD, are my choice, and I will obey you. With all my heart I beg you to be kind to me, just as you have promised.  

I pay careful attention as you lead me, and I will follow closely.

(From Psalm 119)

Evening Reflection:

‘Praying the Scripture is not judged by how much you read but the way you read. If you read quickly, it will benefit you little. You will be like a bee that merely skims the surface of a flower. Instead, in this new way of reading with prayer, you become the bee who penetrates into the depths of the flower. You plunge deeply within to remove its deepest nectar.’  

(Madame Guyon, Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ)

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