Thursday, June 22, 2017

Deeper Prayer Life

                                                        From the devotional  book, "Dear Abba" 

Brennan Manning tells a story of an older man who longed for a deeper prayer life. After unsuccessfully trying to comprehend scholarly books on the subject, he finally tried praying in a very child-like manner, by picturing Jesus seated in the chair beside his bed and talking to him. He found that he liked it so well, that he did "a couple hours a day." 

When the old man fell ill, he confessed to the local minister this daily habit of his conversations with Jesus.
"I'm careful though," he told the minister. "If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair she'd ..send me off to the funny farm." The minister, profoundly moved by his story, promised no to reveal his secret.

Two Days later the old man's daughter called the minister to tell him of her father's passing.
"Did he seem to die in peace?" the minister asked. The daughter assured him that her father had indeed gone quite peacefully. "But there was something strange, she said reflectively. "In fact beyond strange, kinda weird. Apparently just before father died, he leaned over and rested his head on the empty chair next to his bed."
This old man knew his heavenly Father. He had learned to share the kind of intimate friendship with his heavenly Father that is available to each of s today.  

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

Our Heavenly Father is waiting for each of us to slow down and to come sit by his chair and listen to His voice. He is the friend who is always there, the one who does all the magnificiant work of converting the 'desert of lonliness' within into the spaciously beautiful garden of solitude where the true self comes forward and flourishes in His presence. 


Red Rose Alley said...

Hello Christine, this is beautiful, and even brought a tear to my eye. I am so glad that you are blogging again, I have missed your sweet posts. Jesus is always near when we need Him, or even when we want to rest our head for awhile and talk.

I hope you are enjoying these summer days. It's been pretty hot here, but trying to stay cool.

love, ~Sheri

ps you look like Princess Diana on the side bar picture. : )

Christine said...

Hi Sheri, It feels so good to see you again along with reconnecting with you and your beautiful posts as well. It has been a while since I have been over here but the season feels like it is shifting me back to where I feel a little calmer. Always a fun place to be and share and be shared with. Thank you <3

P-Dot said...

Hello.....I found you.

Christine said...

P-dot...I need to find a new hiding spot!...LOL