Cultivating a conversational intimacy with Jesus is essential in our desire to be formed by Jesus to be like Jesus for the sake of the world. And yet, many in the church today are convinced that either God doesn’t speak to them, or they cannot hear God. Our prayer for this series is for each of us to have a greater sense of how we most often hear God so we might grow into a deeper life with God. What if we cultivated a life in which we listened to God in the midst of our ordinary day so we might deepen our friendship with God?
This week, we explored God’s desire to partner with humanity and, as Dallas Willard wrote, “to live in a free-hearted collaboration with Jesus and his friends in the kingdom.” This sort of conversational intimacy begins in friendship, and helps us to live with God more fully in the midst of our everyday lives.
Our kingdom practice for this week is to continue to be on the lookout for God’s voice in our everyday lives. If it is helpful, you might revisit our practice of silence and listening from our time together (guide below).
We also invite you to consider an additonal practice adapted from our friends at Renovaré, How to Live One Day with Jesus. In this practice, we give attention to spending one day, a normal day in our life, with Jesus.
Hearing God by Dallas Willard
When the Soul Listens by Jan Johnson
Seeking God by Trevor Hudson
Walking with God by John Eldredge
Listening Prayer by Leanne Payne
An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling
Hold that Thought by Gem Fadling
Quieting the Mental Committee to Hear God (a Renovaré podcast with Jan Johnson)
The Still Small Voice and its Rivals (a teaching from Dallas Willard)
One Minute Pause (an app with guided practices for slowing down)
If you have a story to share about how you have been encountering God in this season, we would love to hear it!
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