Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.221)
From the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1: 9
One great insight we have from biblical revelation is that God is manifest in the ordinary journey of our lives.
We can discover what God wants for us in the daily discipline of prayer and scripture reading along with the normal struggles of study, work, relationships and care for those who are close to us.
When I was first a Christian I was convinced that I would grow so rapidly that I would be totally mature and integrated within a few years.
The reality was that each small part of growth would be followed by a challenge where I realised that my growth would be very slow.
One book that helped me on my journey was Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila. In that book Teresa describes the journey to spiritual maturity and how long it would take.
I felt encouraged because I could see in my own life some growth that she described and challenged because there were insights that I could not embrace at this part of my journey.
I have come to realise that God is patient and I have to be patient with myself, and others, as well.
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.