I’ve been reading through the book Faith on the Edge: Daring To Follow Jesus, and came across questions that really reflect my heart:
~ How then do we experience the presence of Jesus?
~ How do we actually connect with him and grow in a relationship with him?
Prayer. “Basically, in prayer God invites us to freely speak our minds and hearts to him.” He already knows them, but He wants to hear it from us — our own words. He listens. Prayer is… *more than saying the right words! *honest, openhearted communication within a relationship of intimacy
:: Romans 8:26-27 ::
Bible. This is how we encounter God. Foundationally, He has spoken through “the apostles and prophets,” the written Scriptures. *God-breathed!* *points to Jesus!* *useful!* (lifelong study of the Word of God will move us ever deeper into relationship with God himself)
:: 2 Peter 1:20-21 :: John 17:8 :: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ::
> …our response to Jesus — our eagerness to be with Him longer, to learn more from Him — makes a difference.
Fellowship. Especially in the setting of communion — the breaking of the bread & the drinking of the wine. This also applies to a church community.
:: Ephesians 4:3-6 ::
Worship. Jesus blesses those who worship Him, and in a distinctive way, we’re able to “encounter Jesus when we gather for joyful worship.”
:: John 4:23-24 ::
> “If Bible study is reading Scripture with an open mind, Bible meditation is reading it with an open heart.”
> “Where two or three gather in His name — to pray, to consider His Word, to break bread, to worship — He is always present.”
Lord, please open my eyes to see You…