To understand that God intervenes in the daily patterns of life and to live with one ear open to heaven. We want to picture God prompting us throughout our days.
Can anyone share ways that you have made space to hear from God this fall? Remember - - nothing is too small. It could be something as simple as doing a household chore or making a phone call.
How are we doing with the Pinnacle Forum encouraging emails? Has anyone had a chance to look at those? Is there something you learned? It could be about the word “amen” or praying the Lord’s prayer? Has anyone forwarded one of the emails?
What might a “whisper of admonition” look or feel like? Can anyone share examples of this happening at home or in the workplace?
What might a “whisper of action look or feel like? Can anyone share examples of this happening at home or in the workplace?
Are there any areas where you don’t want God to disturb you because you are afraid he will prompt or convict you?
Bill Hybels encouraged us to be people with a “blue-tooth device” who listen to God all day long. That’s a contemporary word picture of listening to God. What other illustrations might we use to picture someone who listens to God - - whether they are current or not?
While it is necessary to listen to God throughout the day, we all need quiet times where we put on noise reducing headphones and listen to God with both ears. Would you identify at least one hour in the coming week to get away from everything and prayerfully listen to God through His Word? Could you put that on your calendar right now and be accountable to your forum?
One of God’s greatest gifts that allow us to make space for God is the Psalms. The Psalms are poetry. They rinse our minds with vivid imagery. Why not meditate on a Psalm? Meditating might include:
- Read the Psalm aloud. There is something about reading aloud. It forces us to slow down and swim in the text. Read it a couple of times. Work on your inflection. Interpret while you read
- Circle and underline key terms.
- Pray in response to the Psalm. So if you read Psalm 1, pray that you would be a person who meditates on the Word and marinates your mind in Truth. Or, if you read Psalm 23, then pray that you would sense the presence of the Lord whether you are in green pastures or the valley of the shadow of death.
There are 150 Psalms so take your pick. Psalms 1, 11, 19, 23, 34, 73 are all great places to begin.