“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 3:15
As we enter into a new year, we want to invite you to a virtual book study that we hope will help you grow in the practice of listening to God’s voice in the sanctuary of your soul.
What is the voice of God like and how do we make ourselves available to hear it? This is the central question we will be exploring during this study. Relationships involve speaking, listening, and interacting for the purpose of knowing and being known, and we long for this most deeply with God.
I believe the desire to hear God’s voice and to align with God’s heart grows as we do. When my kids were little they did a lot of talking at me. They had (and still have) many, many things they need to say and ask for, but I noticed recently that my oldest daughter has begun to be curious about me. Mom, how was your day? How are you feeling about this or that? What do you think I should do about this situation at school? Etc. Our spiritual journeys are similar. As our relationship with God ages, through grace and surrender, our souls begin to have deeper conversations with God. We move from wanting answered prayers to wanting intimate encounters.
Contemplative or meditative prayer is one portal to these deeper encounters. It is the practice of opening, listening, connecting, and giving sustained attention to God. In these 4 sessions we will learn and practice together. Sanctuary of the Soul by Richard Foster is the straightforward, practical guide we will be using. Each session will invite you to listen along as excerpts from the book are read aloud. (Don’t you love being read to! It’s like a live audio book). Followed by a brief discussion and closing with a guided meditation. We hope you will come and glean from this virtual and accessible time together.