Listening to God
Readying ourselves to listen…this is simply about getting ourselves into a good place to hear from God
Practice being still, quiet, learning to get ourselves ready for listening to God
Start by simply closing your eyes and try to breathe slowly. For a few seconds concentrate on your breathing…because it will help slow you down.
Ask Jesus to be with you this evening in these moments.
Imagine an open box in front of you…as distractions, worries, burdens and ideas come to your mind figuratively place them in the box ‘cast your burdens on to Jesus because he cares for you’ and because he longs for this moment.
As you rid yourself of distractions ask Jesus to speak. And then wait on him. (Wait in silence for 90 seconds)
(Close in prayer) – thank you Lord for those who heard from you. And for those who didn’t we acknowledge our frustration to you and want you to know we long for your presence.
Ignatius Examen – you might find it helpful to close your eyes, you might want to write down things you sense or hear try and do whatever feels comfortable and natural.
1. Become aware of God’s presence. Look back on the events of the day in the company of the Holy Spirit. The day may seem confusing to you—a blur, a jumble, a muddle. Ask God to bring clarity and understanding, invite the HS into this reflection.
2. Review the day with gratitude. Gratitude is the foundation of our relationship with God. Walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and delights. Focus on the day’s gifts. Look at the work you did, the people you interacted with. What did you receive from these people? What did you give them? Pay attention to small things—the food you ate, the sights you saw, and other seemingly small pleasures. God is in the details.
3. Pay attention to your emotions. One of St. Ignatius’s great insights was that we detect the presence of the Spirit of God in the movements of our emotions. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. Boredom? Elation? Resentment? Compassion? Anger? Confidence? What is God saying through these feelings?
God will most likely show you some ways that you fell short. Make note of these sins and faults. But look deeply for other implications. Does a feeling of frustration perhaps mean that God wants you consider a new direction in some area of your work? Are you concerned about a friend? Perhaps you should reach out to her in some way.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to something during the day that God thinks is particularly important. It may involve a feeling—positive or negative. It may be a significant encounter with another person or a vivid moment of pleasure or peace. Or it may be something that seems rather insignificant. Look at it. Pray about it. Allow the prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart—whether intercession, praise, repentance, or gratitude.
5. Look toward tomorrow. Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Are you doubtful? Cheerful? Apprehensive? Full of delighted anticipation? Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Seek God’s guidance. Ask him for help and understanding. Pray for hope.