Listening to the King | 08
Written By Holy Scripture
On some days — like today — we invite you to engage in the same practice over multiple weeks. Our desire is that by weekly repetition we do more than have a one-off experience. Rather we build a new spiritual habit.
Listening to Jesus is a spiritual muscle that must be exercised regularly that we might grow in our attunement of Him by the power of the Holy Spirit. With that in mind, we are taking 8 Fridays in a row while focusing on the discipline of submission to strengthen our listening muscles.
If you have been engaging weekly, you have reached week 8 of 8. Congratulations! If you are just now joining us in this journey, welcome and stay tuned! This session, focusing on the discipline of submission, is finishing this week, but we will lean into another discipline starting next week.
Sometimes God works best in our lives not in the constant chasing after the new, but often in the faithful and regular engagement of the old.
May it be so!
In part, listening is an act of submission. When we listen we release control over a conversation, submitting to the terms and direction set by our conversation partner.
When we listen to God we submit to our limitations by acknowledging it is only God who can cross the divide between Divinity and humanity. Therefore we wait for God to start the conversation. Sometimes he speaks. Sometimes he listens back. But however he moves, it is always in love. Like all forms of submission, listening is vulnerable. We open ourselves up to God having to trust that he will move toward us in a way of love.
A good starting place is to simply state what many saints in the Old Testament said when addressed by God, “Here I am.”
Find a quiet place and begin with a time of silence. Focus on controlling your breathing and allow your body to become physically relaxed. Allow for thoughts and emotions to rise to the surface. We want to bring our whole selves into the conversation.
Becoming aware of all those things, we want to open ourselves up to God to listen to him. A good starting place is to simply state what many saints in the Old Testament said when addressed by God, “Here I am.” God may address the things we are feeling and thinking or even the spiritual practices we did throughout the week; or he may be in silence with us. Set a timer for an amount appropriate for you (e.g. 5 min) and listen in silence before the Lord.
Consider sharing with others one way that God is speaking to you this week. Let us know in the comments below.
Week 8 of 8 Submission
Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
The discipline of study involves carving time out of our “do more” culture to dig deep into the meaning of truth. One of the best places to study what God’s timeless word is speaking to us is to hear how a Christian leader in another time or culture is processing the truth of God’s Word.
Easter is not just about celebrating together on Resurrection Sunday, it is very much about living into our Resurrection hope on Monday.