Week of Monday, November 20th
As the holiday hubbub begins to circle around us like our own, personal tornado, it’s worth it to slow ourselves down just a little bit, to take the time to practice a little of what the holiday season is about. This week, we’re going to practice the Lectio Divina, a meditative type of prayer that allows us to enter into the presence of the Holy Spirit. It’s a slow, contemplative rhythm to prayer, designed to help you hear the voice of God.
We’ll focus our attention on Philippians 4:6-7, in The Message. Start with a centering prayer, then say the line of scripture out loud, pausing where you will, slowly. Repeat the line of scripture three times, noticing which words or phrases seem to belong to you today, as God’s gift. Notice what Spirit is telling you. Then, speak to God about what’s on your heart and mind today. God is your friend, and your God, and your Comforter. Take the words into yourself, making them your own (bonus: this is a great way to memorize scripture). Finally, rest in God’s presence.
Here is the full scripture (we’ll break it down each day this week):
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petition and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Philippians 4:6-7, The Message
Do not fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray.
What is on your heart and mind today? What is worrying you that you can turn into prayers? When we feel as though we have nothing, we can turn our worries into an offering of prayer.
Let petition and praises shape your worries into prayers,
What is the shape of your worry? What does it become when you offer it in prayer?
letting God know your concerns.
What happens when you release your concerns to God? How does this affect you? What does God do with your concerns?
Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness,
What does God’s wholeness feel like? How do you experience it? What does God’s wholeness look like for you? For the people in your life? For the world?
everything coming together for good
What does everything coming together for good mean to you? What are the possibilities? Can you walk in faith that there will be good, even if you can not see it now?
will come and settle you down.
What does it feel like to be settled in Christ? Do you respond to life differently when you’re settled?
It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
What sort of wonders await you when Christ is truly the center of your life?