There was a whispering sound (1 Kings 19:12)
In silence, God speaks. In silence, we listen. The noise of the world, however, conspires to keep us from hearing God’s voice. We must intentionally retreat from our routines to seek an amazing God who actually wants to speak with us and to call us His Friends (John 15:15).
Chill Out Today …
Okay! “Chilling” is not exactly the same thing as contemplation. But you have to admit, we got your attention. And that’s not easy in today’s world!
Almost since the time Jesus started His Church 2000 years ago, faithful followers have embraced Scripture with “lectio divina.” It’s a simple, four-step approach that connects you with God so you can hear His voice. The steps go like this:
- Engage (read or listen to Scripture)
- Think (consider the message)
- Pray (talk to God about what you’re thinking)
- Listen (give God time to answer you — be still and listen)
The Way of the Saints …
Most of the saints in Church history prayed like this. We never really grow in our faith if we‘re the ones doing all the talking whenever we get together with God. We have to learn to listen.
Almost all the saints in heaven today set aside time regularly to “chill with Jesus!” They engaged Scripture and considered what it said. They talked to God about it, and then they silenced themselves so they could hear what He had to say to them.
The Bible exhorts us to be still and know that He is God (Ps 46:11).
It’s cool to learn how to pray the way the saints prayed before us. And it’s cool to be Catholic too! COOL2B!