10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.205)
He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.
'There are two dangers in life. First, there is the danger of a too constant activity. No one can work without rest; no one can live the Christian life unless he gives himself times with God.
It may well be that the whole trouble in our lives is that we give God no opportunity to speak to us, because we do not know how to be still and to listen; we give God no time to recharge us with spiritual energy and strength, because there is no time when we wait upon him.
Second, there is the danger of too much withdrawal. Devotion that does not issue in action is not real devotion. Prayer that does not issue in work is not real prayer.
We must never seek the fellowship of God in order to avoid the fellowship of men but in order to fit ourselves better for it.
The rhythm of the Christian life is the alternate meeting with God in the secret place and serving people in the marketplace.' (William Barclay)
Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness.
Pray for God's blessing upon you.