Beyond These Walls: Here We Go! Week 2 Devotional Day 7
DAY 7 – Sunday
Psalm 23 (or another passage of Scripture that is meaningful to you right now).
Today we get to practice lingering. Carve out some time today where you can spend open-ended time with God uninterrupted. Read His Word. Don’t leave. If anything is distracting you, write it down so you can get to it later. Re-read the passage. Research any words or phrases you want to understand. Re-read the passage again. Tell God what is on your heart. Be honest with Him. Are you battling anxiety or fear? Unanswered prayer? Guilt or shame? Do you just want to hear His Voice? Confess any sin He brings to light. Then, be still. Listen. Expect God to speak to you in the quietness of your heart. And with open hands, literally, receive whatever He has for you. Don’t leave until you are confident you have heard from Him. God is always speaking. The trick is positioning ourselves so that we can hear what He has to say. How do we do this? Here are some suggestions:
- Imagine Jesus is sitting right beside you. Ask Him to open the eyes of your heart to the wonderful things in His Word.
- Read the passage slowly several times.
- If you have a study Bible, read the notes.
- Look for God’s attributes. Do you see Jesus in this passage? Worship Him! Remember Who He says He is.
- Turn the passage you are reading into a prayer for yourself, for those you love, and for anyone else God brings to mind.
As you do this, keep asking God for more insight. In Ephesians 1:17, Paul wrote, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” The Holy Spirit loves to reveal the deep things of God to us!
My prayer is that this week’s study has helped tune your ears to hear what God is saying to you personally so that the light of Jesus in you grows and shines brightly in your world.
Glorious Father, give me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know You better. Enlighten the eyes of my heart as I read You Word so that I may know Your hope, Your riches, and Your power. May the light of Your Kingdom shine in me and through me so that You are glorified. Amen.