“How then, do I live in God’s presence? How do I detect His unseen hand on my shoulder and His inaudible voice in my ear? A sheep grows familair with the voice of the shepherd. How can you and I grow familair with the voice of God? Here are a few ideas:
Give God Your Waking Thoughts.
Before you face the day, face the Father. Before you step out of bed , step into His presence. Here is how the psalmist began his day: ” Every morning, I tell you what I need, and I wait for your answers.”( Psalm 5:13 ) Which leads to the second idea:
Give God your waiting thoughts.
Spend time with Him in silence. Try being silent with God. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV). Awareness of God is a fruit of stillness before God.
Dan Rather once asked Mother Teresa. “What do you say to God when you pray?” Mother Teresa answered quietly, ” I listen.” Taken aback, Rather tried again, ” Well, then, what does God say?” Mother Teresa smiled , ” He listens.”
Give God your whispering thoughts.
Through the centuries Christians have learned the value of brief sentence prayers, prayers that can be whispered anywhere ,in any setting. Imagine considering every moment as a potential time of communion with God. By giving God your whispering thoughts , the common becomes uncommon. Simple phrases such as “Thank You , Father”, ” Be sovereign in this hour, O Lord”, ” You are my resting place, Jesus”, can turn a commute into a pilgrimage. Just pray where you are. Give God your whispering thoughts.
And last, give God your waning thoughts.
At the end of the day, let your mind settle on Him. Conclude the day as you began it, talking to God. Thank Him for the good parts. Question Him about the hard parts. Seek His mercy. Seek His strength. And as you close your eyes, take assurance in the promise: ” He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. ” (Psalm 121:4 NIV). If you fall asleep as you pray, don’t worry. What better place to doze off than in the arms of your Father.” Max Lucado “Just Like Jesus” (excerpts from Chapter “Being Led by an Unseen Hand” pgs 63-65)
Corinthians 3:18 Our faces then, are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory and we are being changed to be like Him. This change in us brings even greater glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Matthew 17:2 MSG Sunlight poured from His face.
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