He also speaks to us through the events of our lives, through the people that we meet, through the circumstances, through the inspirations that He sends to us. We need to listen more. It is very hard for us to listen. But, besides vocal prayer we also need mental prayer.
This is our way of listening to God. Mental prayer is also called meditation. Take a minute or two to close your eyes and recall the presence of God within you. Let everything go from your day - your worries, tasks, timelines - just let your spirit rest in God's. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and guide your time of prayer.
Read the chapter, paragraph, or Psalm containing a verse you would like to reflect on, then re-read the verse alone. Reflection Involves your mind : Close your eyes and think about the words.
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This is reflection. You may find taking a few words at a time and mulling over them in your mind to be helpful. Reflection is when you focus your attention on a passage, idea, icon, etc. God will give you insights and experiences of himself, but you need to participate by thinking about the passage, icon, or image of Jesus' life.
You can meditate in a number of different ways. Sometimes the verse you are using will affect how you meditate. For example:. Affectional Prayer Involves your heart : While you are reflecting thinking about these things your heart may be inspired to talk to God about a particular aspect.
As you focus on this aspect, your desires or affections are engaged. You may or may not experience some emotions, but your affections can always be engaged. These affections or desires are the more subtle parts of your heart that interpret what your mind has processed, inspire you to pray, and engage your soul to act. You can invoke these affections with or without feelings. If you experience feelings it is easier to identify an area the Holy Spirit is touching. If you do not have a particular feeling, you can still be aware that you are drawn to focus on a particular area. This movement to focus on something is what we call affection, or desire.
When you find an area of focus spend some time talking to God about what your heart is experiencing.
For instance, if you were meditating on a verse on Jesus' suffering and death and you think of a time that you suffered unjustly, that is a signal that you should pray about it. You can talk it through with God and thank Jesus for suffering that same humiliation and rejection like you. You might ask Him to help you forgive those who did it to you by asking the Holy Spirit to help heal you, and to guide you in how to respond in a Christ-like manner to those who hurt you.
Resolution Involves your will : After you have thought about Christ and His words or actions, and your heart is on board - with or without emotions - you should now engage your will. Your ability to change and grow in Christ-likeness comes from this part of the prayer. A will that is resolved to do good is fortified by the Holy Spirit.
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It is practical ; you are not resolving to never be unthankful again. Note that resolutions are not promises or vows They are rather serious intentions of the will to which you commit yourself. Thank God : When you are finished you can simply thank God. Entrust your Resolution : Ask Mary, a favorite or patron saint, or your guardian angel for help. You can entrust your resolution to them and ask them to pray for you to help you achieve it.
Carry a Word for the Day : Carry in your heart the word you felt God speaking to you in prayer. Throughout the day as you seek to be recollected, or mindful of God's presence with you, return to that word as a cherished gift of encouragement, love, or challenge to growth. In closing, meditation can be defined as a reasoned application of the mind to some supernatural truth in order to penetrate its meaning, love it, and carry it into practice with the assistance of grace.
Meditation has a double finality, one intellectual and the other affective and practical.
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The intellectual purpose is to arrive at firm convictions concerning some supernatural truth; hence the importance of the intellect in meditation. But one could acquire firm convictions by speculative study, and therefore this cannot be the principal finality of meditation nor that which makes meditation true prayer. In fact, it may help and seems to be the general consensus. But IMHO, God and Jesus would not give you a personal vision or dream that you would not eventually understand yourself.
Did any of the prophets of the Holy Bible need assistance in interpreting their visions? Not that I am aware of. God will let you know in some way that it is Him. God gives you just what you need. And, God does not need the aid of others to communicate. The prophetic word of God in scripture was confirmed by God and did not come by the will of man, it came to us from God Himself through holy men who were moved by the Holy Spirit. In other words, it was God speaking through them. For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. John However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will tell you things to come.
He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
And present another theological model - called Open Theism. Where God knows various probabilities - regarding the future:.
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Child of God, What people say about the afterlife is all theory to me. We only know life as a human being here on earth. LLC, here is a video of a guy, who, as a consequence of his sin, brought unhealthy spirits into his life. You can see one spirit flying in the afterlife. His language is not the most appropriate, so those with sensitive hearing may not want to watch it.
Child of God, I watched the video. I still think that we only know what life is as human being. Until I actually leave this earth, I can only imagine what the afterlife will be. I believe the Spirit of truth this passage is speaking of is the wisdom of God. This is different than seeing the future as in crystal ball type of stuff. Take my Protestant Christian mom - now deceased at And she told me as a Boy Scout teenager, to take an umbrella to a parade.
None of the weather TV or radio services forecast rain. And I got ribbed by fellow scouts. Until there was a downpour, in the middle of the parade. And I was the only one - with an umbrella. No matter what the deterministic variables were, she saw the final outcome and warned me about it.
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