Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God
Yesterday, I talked about the importance of learning to quiet your mind in order to hear what God is saying to you. If you have yet to master step one, you can certainly read ahead, but you’re not going to be successful at putting the subsequent steps into practice until you’ve learned how to stop the babble of your own mind. This would be like trying to go to town in your car without getting into the car. You must learn silence in order for any of the other steps to work.
So, that said, Step 2 consists of focusing your thoughts on Jesus. Because you have learned to quiet your thoughts, you now have them at your command. Focus them on your Lord. That can mean different things for different people, or even at different times. Some people have success at creating a picture of Jesus in their imaginations and talking to Him there. They picture a setting they can relate to, such as perhaps walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
For me, I relate better to just spiritually entering that quiet place in my heart that I found in step one. Remember that we are in Christ, if we are His, and He is in us, so you’re not focusing on someone far, far away off in the heavens, but your risen Lord who graciously inhabits your very own spirit–nearer to you even than your breath.
I may choose a scripture to meditate on, or go with the first scripture or reference that pops into my mind. It’s amazing how often a a reference that I look up on a whim turns out to be powerfully speaking to me at that moment. I may focus on a question that troubles me, that I need Jesus to explain to me, or I may just sit quietly and wait for Him to speak. (We’ll talk about what His speaking looks/sounds like in my next post.)
Whatever method or methods you choose to use, the point of this step is to bring your thoughts (which you have learned to take charge of) and lay them at the feet of Jesus. Ask Him to use them and speak through them to communicate with you.
Until tomorrow, God grant you His grace and peace