Monday, 13 October 2014

Deepening Prayer

10 Minute Daily Retreat (no. 3)
By Susanne Timpani
Fiction authors describe a method of writing known as ‘deep point of view.' The writer gets inside the skin of the lead character while writing in the third person. It’s not an easy task and it takes a lot of practice. But the end result is a manuscript with the magical element all writers desire for their readers; Page Turning Quality.

The 10 Minute Daily Retreat is a bit like deep point of view. When we read the scripture and reflection, the aim is to do it slowly. There is a power in reading God's Word that we miss out on when we flick through the text. The aim of each retreat is to allow God to move from the background of our life, into its centre. 

We encounter Him the moment we read the daily scripture.  We encounter Him deeply when our reading takes on the form of Listening. In this time of quiet, what is God saying to me?

As we Listen, God shows us how deep His love is for us. 

The ultimate goal of the 10 Minute Daily Retreat is to deepen the relationship between ourselves and God.

In Chapter 17 in the Gospel of John, Jesus is experiencing this deep prayer. He is about to face death and He spends His time of prayer praying for us. 

Jesus’ deepest desire was for us to know God as intimately as He knew Him. Jesus was about to open the door to eternal life and this was His prayer:  

‘'Now this is Eternal Life; that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.' (John 17:3)

Jesus tells us that eternal life is about knowledge. He prays that we will come to know God in the same way that He does.

It's possible that this verse is one you've heard countless times before. But what if it isn't? Or what if God wanted to tell you something different, something new? 

Is there anything about today's reflection that you would like to share below?

5 minutes: READ over the text slowly.
REFLECT on any word or phrase that struck you.
5 minutes: LISTEN for God's voice in the silence.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels comfortable for you.
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