This weekend we launched a new series on Prayer and Cory kicked us off with "What is God Saying?" and how to have a vibrant solitude prayer time with Jesus. The vibe in the room on Sunday was powerful as worship leader Tim Brown said it was one of the sweetest moments he’s experienced at vineyard. To watch the pre-recorded message, click this link: https://youtu.be/rRc8Zg8MsLM
If you heard the message, you might remember Cory sharing that we would send out some resources to help you in your prayer life and ultimately grow your intimacy with Jesus. So that is what this email is for and if you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you may have already seen some of these!
1. The Daily Examen
The Examen is a method of reviewing your day in the presence of God. It’s actually an attitude more than a method, a time set aside for thankful reflection on where God is in your everyday life. It has five steps, which most people take more or less in order, and it usually takes 15 to 20 minutes per day. Here it is in a nutshell:
Ask God for light. I want to look at my day with God’s eyes, not merely my own.
Give thanks. The day I have just lived is a gift from God. Be grateful for it.
Review the day. I carefully look back on the day just completed, being guided by the Holy Spirit.
Face your shortcomings. I face up to what is wrong—in my life and in me.
Look toward the day to come. I ask where I need God in the day to come.
For more info:
Also, download the Examen attachment to save and use as a background on the homescreen of your phone to keep you focused.
2. Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina, or "Divine Reading" is a great way to hear from God through the scriptures. This is a reading and meditating practice that helps to slow down, focus and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us.
For Lectio Divina, put aside 30 or so minutes and it may be helpful to have a timer (for those of us that have a hard time being still for more than a minute). For scripture, you can use whatever Bible verse you choose. Sometimes it’s fun to use a different translation, like The Message or the Passion Translation, to hear the story in a new way.
If this is something you desire to know more about, or would like to be led through how to do Lectio Divina, Jackie and Julia do a Lectio Divina reading of Psalms 23 as an example that you can either follow along with or learn from.
You can watch that video here: https://youtu.be/M04ZrOt1-xo
3. Sacred Space
Sacred Space is a great place to consistently go for quiet time. It inspires a daily walk with a daily scripture reading and points of reflection, enhanced by six steps of prayer & reflection: The Presence of God, Freedom, Consciousness, The Word, Conversation, and Conclusion.
For more info: https://www.sacredspace.ie/
4. A Guided Meditation and Worship
5. Midweek with Cory, Intimacy with Jesus
For this midweek video, Pastor Cory reads from the Song of Songs and you'll see why... but what Cory is really encouraging all to do here is to seek out that close, personal and intimate relationship with Jesus that he talked about on Sunday, July 26th.
Discussion Questions for personal, family or cell group use:
1. What is it that is a barrier for you that keeps you from having alone time with Jesus?
2. Do you feel equipped with the resources needed to have this kind of real personal relationship with Jesus?
3. If you could say something to Jesus, what’s the one sentence that you want to say to him?
We hope these are tools you use to grow in your relationship with Christ. As Cory mentioned on Sunday, silence and solitude with Jesus is SO important, and basically your life depends on it.
God bless you and your daily walk towards Christ!