Teach Me to Pray Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread day 4

Meditative (Listening) Prayer

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Psalm 23:1-3 NLT

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4 NIV

The current clamor for our time, attention, emotion, and energy leaves little space for finding the spiritual whitespace that is so desperately needed in today’s world. We are constantly inundated with dings and pings from technology that detract us from what we need most in order to do this life the way God intended: with our eyes, ears, and hearts focused on Him. Jesus instructs us that by looking to Him and being immersed in the Word, we can do all things with God who gives us His supernatural strength.

Choose one of the passages above to focus on. In the quiet of contemplation and while inhaling say “God, Great Provider” and upon exhalation breathe out, “Provide the tools to do this life.” Repeat. Use the thoughts that come to you to form a prayer conversation with God. Afterwards, make some notes in your prayer journal.