Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 11

 I Thessalonians 5:17 says, "Pray without ceasing." I have often heard people scoff and claim that this is not possible. And others trivialize it by turning it into a type of game, challenge, or childish duty. I like the way it is presented in this day's study. It is referred to as "Practicing the Presence of God" a practice written about in the seventeenth century by a French monk.

I always like using the term, "practicing," when referring to challenges of my faith. We are not perfect and never will be in this life. But I can practice. The key is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude and mindset. Practicing the presence of God is a skill, a habit you can develop. And just as a musician or an athlete practices their skills, it is necessary to intentionally practice and train our minds to be unceasing in our conscious awareness of God's presence.  This leads to a lifestyle of worship.

Warren will present a total of 6 ways in which we can intentionally practice this lifestyle, but today's lesson only covers the first two: prayer and meditation.

Prayer lets us speak to God.

Meditation, or simply focused thinking and listening, lets God speak to you.

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