What does it mean to take ownership for having a personal interactive relationship with the Lord? This was a question posed by one of my readers as they meditated on my earlier jlog entitled “Ownership To Transformation”. In this jlog I will seek to identify some ways in which that ownership can happen in your life. This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor the only means by which you begin to experience transformation. These are just suggestions if you are interested in pursuing this topic further in your personal journey with the Lord.
One of the first exercises I might suggest is to find a 1/2 day where you are free to go into the desert and create a time for the Lord to speak to you. If you are new to this exercise, you might want to cut the time down a bit–it’s not the amount of time you set aside but the fact that you are setting time aside. You will find your mind wandering from subject to subject in the beginning of your time. Take your bible and begin to read the book of Psalm starting with chapter 1. Begin to ask yourself what the Lord is saying in this passage to you. What He wants to say to you often times will be different for each person. Take a pen and paper and begin to jot your thoughts down as you read. Journaling your impressions and thoughts can help keep your mind from wandering. You may want to read a book from the New Testament and as you read, journal your thoughts down. As you read try to put yourself in the shoes of the author to get a better understanding of what you are reading. The more often you do this exercise, the more you will begin to hear what the Lord is telling you.
Another suggestion is to have a time every day to open the bible and allow the Lord to speak to you. I started out my journey with “Seven minutes a day with the Lord.” I prayed for two minutes to start my time with Him, praying for understanding of what I was about to read, along with praying for needs that I had. The next four minutes were spent in taking a passage of scripture and reading that passage. I asked myself one question, “What is the one thing that I want to take away from my reading?” The last-minute was to pray and thank the Lord for what I had read and asked Him to help me apply the knowledge to my everyday life experience. A great app for your iPhone or iPad is YouVersion. It has many versions of the bible and has reading plans for giving you some structure to your daily devotionals.
Meditation has been another exercise that has helped me to take ownership for my walk with the Lord. In this exercise, I have developed the discipline of reading through the bible once a year. Each day I start where I left off and read the bible from Genesis to Revelation each year. Meditation comes in during my reading where I find an interesting passage and begin to think about that passage. “Whom was the writer referring to in the passage?” “What would it feel like to be there and hear the writer speak to me about this passage?” “How does this passage confirm my actions in a positive way or condemn my actions that are destructive?” “What would my life look like if I applied this passage to my life?” Questions like these help you to more fully wrap your life around the Word and incorporate it into your daily experience.
Prayer is an obvious exercise that can draw our hearts and minds closer to the Master. There are various kinds of prayer we can express. Praise for what the Lord is doing. Seeking God’s guidance and wisdom for problems in our lives. Confession for areas that need to be cleansed within us. Thankfulness for who God is. Prayers don’t need to be long and drawn out. The shortest prayers with sincerity are heard by the Master. Honesty is an important ingredient when we come before our Maker. Humbleness is essential for God to come close and give guidance and direction to our lives.
These are only a few exercises that can turn vicarious living the Christian life into lives that experience ownership of a relationship with the Lord that is vibrant and alive. Enjoy the transformed journey with Him.