Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).
To experience God, we must know the truths of his character. In this pursuit, the reality of our identity as a son or daughter of God is of key importance.
Take some time away from distraction and productivity. Don’t bring your iPhone or your todo list. Don’t bring your prayer list or your bible reading checklist. Just come before Jesus and ask…
Why do you love me? Do you desire me? Why did the father send you to me? You say to behold the manner [kind] of love… but what manner [kind] of love is it that would give me entrance into your family a child of your father?
I find it helpful to give these questions some time. If it seems helpful, set an alarm on your phone or watch at a certain time [or certain times] of the day remind yourself to approach God for deeper understanding of this manner of love.
My personal engagement with this session:
This reality of the father’s love makes all the difference. For me, coming to God because I desire to be near him vs simply following a ritual I’ve created [or worse, coming to him because I feel like I have to in order to be in good standing with him] is where our relationship is vibrant and filled with life.
Most recently, my retreated moments with the Lord are in the quietness of the morning. And, I’ve been trying something that feels good to my heart, so I thought I would share. Instead of picking up my daily bible reading or looking to a prayer list to jump start my time of connection with him, I simply wait in the quiet. This has brought a nuance to the dynamic nature of our relationship. I don’t simply fit God into my structure, I make space for him to speak. It’s been quite refreshing. Structure is not bad, but must not come before the dynamic of responding to his spirit in a given moment.
An added note from Phil Rice
I hope you’ve benefited from this excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality. Share this session with anyone you think would be impacted and don’t hesitate to leave questions or comments for our mutual benefit of continued conversation.
Thanks for journeying alongside,