10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Jane Borg (No.200)
Reading: John 16:12-15
Jesus said to his disciples: "I still have many things to say to you but they would be too much for you to bear now. However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth, since he will not be speaking of his own accord, but will say only what he has been told; and he will reveal to you the things to come. He will glorify me, since all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine. Everything the Father has is mine; that is why I said: all he reveals to you will be taken from what is mine."
How often do we listen to the Holy Spirit? That prompting we feel to say something or to do something kind to someone? That prompting to pray and to set time aside to seek God’s Word and His guidance in our lives?
It’s so easy for us to block out God’s Holy Spirit and to live life according to the messages we receive from the world – look after ourselves, strive to achieve for No 1 (me). But we are called to something more; we are offered so much more to assist us to live the life Jesus calls us to – His very own Spirit.
God gives us His Holy Spirit because He knows we can’t do it alone. God wants us to know truth – not the lies of the world, but the truth that is God. He wants us to know Him and His love for each of us, and God wants us to live in the hope of eternal life.
Every one of us is searching for this eternal life with God, whether we understand that or not. As St Augustine said: “Our hearts are restless O Lord until they rest in you”. The frustrating thing is that we can’t find God without God, so we need the Holy Spirit in our lives and we need to give the Holy Spirit permission to work in our lives.
How do we do this? Just ask and then come to God in prayer, not just in times of dedicated prayer but listen out for God’s voice; for the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit speaks truth, and the truth sets us free.