Yesterday I wrote about finding our way back when we’ve found ourselves further from where we want to be. Or further from where God wants us to be. Today we look at what I’m planning to do because I’m not where I want to be and I’m hungry for more of God.
Are you hungry for more?
Several years ago, as I was teaching a Sunday School class for Young Adults, we went through Feeding Your Soul: A Quiet Time Handbook by Jean Fleming. As you study church history, you will find many different “disciplines” of private devotions. From Christian mediatation to Lectio Divina there are common themes:
- Quieting yourself
- Listening to God
- Talking to God
- Living the word
In her book, Jean laid out a very simple process for personal devotional time, including both prayer and time in the Bible. And when I’ve followed her format, God has spoken to me and drawn me towards himself.
Recently, I have found myself stretched and my personal time with God has decreased. I remember the way things used to be. I am repenting by both confessing that I am not where God would have me be and also by attempting to change my direction. And I am returning to the things I used to do.
Jean’s “framework” for private devotions in Feeding Your Soul: A Quiet Time Handbook included four simple steps. I’d like to lay them out for you here.
- Read – Choose a section of scripture, note it in a journal, and read it. I usually choose a very small section (one to ten verses). And I usually use this process to work through an entire book.
- Report – In your journal (or notebook), summarize what you’ve read. This can be bullet points or simply rewording what you’ve read. The point is to work through the text in such a way that you can understand it and explain what you’ve read.
- Reflect – Meditate on what you’ve read. Record anything that God reveals to you in your journal. Or write down any questions that arise as you contemplate the text.
- Respond – Write out a prayer response to God. Ask him the questions you don’t know how to answer. Thank him for what he’s revealed to you. Ask him to show you opportunities to act on what he’s shown you.
If you’re looking for a way to go deeper in your private time with God, I can wholeheartedly recommend Feeding Your Soul: A Quiet Time Handbook. I’m starting to do it again because I need to go deeper with my relationship with God.
How do you spend time with God daily? (no…really…I want to know) How do you spend time with God daily?