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LISTEN: Ignatius of Loyola
By Pastor David Hillis, 09.23.18
Know Him Personally (Philippians 3:7-11)
Hear the Voice of God (1 Corinthians 6:19)
QUESTIONS FOR MY PERSONAL TIME WITH GOD THIS WEEK:
This week we learned more about the value of listening well to God. Pastor Dave touched on 4 habits we can become accustomed to using in our relationship with God in order to listen well, and this week’s personal questions are designed to help you learn to practice those yourself.
1. Lectio Divina. Read Philippians 3:7-16, spending some time in perhaps 3 different translations of the Bible each time you do (biblegateway.com, biblehub.com or the YouVersion Bible app have almost all available English translations). Check out the online article and video, to help you walk through the 5 steps of lectio divina. Then, on other days this week in your time with God, pick another passage and follow this process.
2. Imaginative Prayer. In week 1 of the series, Pastor Dave touched on 1 Kings 19:1-18. Try the Imaginative Prayer for yourself with this chapter in 1 Kings. Read it slowly, and as you do, start visualizing what the scene might have looked like. Then close your eyes, pray for God’s presence uninterrupted, and consider each of your senses to bring them all into the scene, as if you were right there in that moment. See how God speaks to you through your imagination. Then, next time you have some time, pick another Bible story that you think God might want to use to speak to you, and follow this process.
3. Daily Examen. Here are some great tools to guide you through the Examen: an audio resource, a YouTube video and a helpful reading plan. Find 15-20 minutes each day near the end of your day to have a simple, uninterrupted conversation with God. You might consider going to a quiet spot outside somewhere, free from distractions. Listen well to what God might be saying to you as you process your day with Him. Interested in trying the Examen with the family, check out this article.
4. Discerning Prayer. Consider the most challenging decision you might face in any area of your life right now; one that it has been hard to know the will of God. Open/print off a copy of Pastor Dave’s, Discerning Prayer: Uncovering God's Will When a Decision Isn't So Clear. Read through the steps and commit to prioritize a process of walking through these steps over the next few days to get the answer(s) you need.
Learn more about Ignatius of Loyola (1492-1556AD).
Prayer of Ignatius of Loyola
Founder of the Jesuits
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
I give it all back to You.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
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