At times do you feel dry, unmotivated and uninspired when you open the Bible for your daily devotion ?
Sometimes we just need a new approach into reading God’s Word.
This week I discovered the life of Ignatius, the 16th century Spanish Saint. His ‘ Imaginative Comptemplation’ is bringing Bible reading and Prayer to a new level. Millions of believers across the world are rediscovering the keys to a deeper time with Jesus.
I decided to try it out this morning for my ‘ Quiet Time’. As I read and meditated on the first 11 verses of the Gospel of Mark following St Ignatius 6 simple steps, it already brought inspiration and refreshment to my spirit.
1. Pick a Gospel passage where Jesus is interacting with someone.
2. Focus your heart and mind. God is present and your desire is to encounter God through your reading.
3. Read the passage twice, becoming familiar with the story and its details.
4. Sit quietly and close your eyes. Picture the scene. Where is it taking place? Who is there? What is Jesus doing? What are the sights, sounds, smells? Are you observing the scene as an outsider, are you one of the characters, or are you Jesus? How do you feel? What do you think?
5. The scene may come to life for you in vivid detail. Or you may enter into it through verbally describing what you see, contemplating people’s words or actions. Creativity and imagination can be helpful, but are not necessary for this exercise. The aim is to engage with the scene and gain a more personal knowledge of Jesus.
6. As you conclude, take time to talk directly to Jesus. Speak whatever comes to your heart.
Find out more at https://www.pathwaystogod.org/…/spiritual-exercises-st-igna…
The ‘Inspiration Tour’ is going well. Good service last Sunday at La Porte Ouverte . This coming Sunday I will be preaching at the Assembly of God in Chalon sur Saone.