A READER ASKS

Simple Grace - - Letter From The Editor -

“Dear Lord, I grew up in a very tra­di­tional house­hold, where read­ing the Bi­ble and pray­ing daily were ex­pected, but no one ever taught me to lis­ten to You when I pray— and af­ter years of try­ing to on my own, I haven’t heard a thing. I’m to­tally com­fort­able prais­ing You, thank­ing You, and re­quest­ing things like help and strength in prayer. But as far as hear­ing Your voice, to me that’s a priv­i­lege re­served for saints, re­li­gious lead­ers and other rare peo­ple You choose to re­veal Your­self to. Still, so many ‘reg­u­lar’ Chris­tians I’ve met talk about hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions with You that sound so real, it’s mak­ing me won­der if I’m miss­ing out. Lord, I leave it up to You: Is talk­ing with You rather than at You ask­ing too much? And if not, how do I get out of my own way enough to hear what You’re say­ing?”

Wis­dom of the Word

For the word of God is liv­ing and pow­er­ful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…a dis­cerner of the thoughts and in­tents of the heart. And there is no crea­ture hid­den from His sight.

—Paul (likely) in an open let­ter to the He­brews 4:12–13 NKJV

We un­der­stand and yet…

Some­times we feel we’re not spe­cial enough to have the close re­la­tion­ship with You that oth­ers have. We want to be as wor­thy as those who hear Your voice clearly and con­verse with You eas­ily. What can we do to get to where they are?

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