Updated: Jan 8
Sometimes we can be feeling physically on top of the world, and emotionally recharged after a lovely holiday (if you can remember such things), but still feel restless in ourselves.
5th Century Augustine commented, ‘You Lord have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.’
As human beings we will never feel complete, until we are in a right relationship with God, through faith in Jesus. And having invited Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit lives inside us, but we still need to continually seek His filling and refreshing, because unfortunately, ‘we leak!’
Going back to Elijah, it seems he became spiritually very low, having had the massive high of the supernatural victory over the prophets of Baal. But we can be at our most vulnerable after a high, due to enemy spiritual attacks. It’s interesting also, that God met Elijah’s physical and emotional needs before his spiritual ones, but of course they are all interconnected anyway.
But practically, how do we fill our spiritual wellbeing tank?! How do we move from a desire to follow God, through to the discipline of the practices that will help us grow in God, to the delight of walking with Him. As we read in Psalm 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. “
Home Groups are praying together today, so have a blessed time Zooming and WhatsApping … and as we pray and listen to God’s word. ay we grow in our walk with Jesus and therefore our spiritual wellbeing.
Firstly … Prayer:
We talk to the Father, through the Son, empowered by the Holy Spirit. And a vital part of prayer is listening. Simply being still / silent and allowing God to speak through that still small voice into our spirit. Jesus often withdrew to quiet places to pray. How else can we pray?
The Lord’s Prayer, taking a phrase at a time as a guide.
Other prayers in the Bible, Psalms, The Prayer of Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:10 or any of Paul’s prayers like in Ephesians 1:17-19 and 3:16-19.
Praying in the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to give us the words (Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 or Ephesians 6:18).
Formal prayers e.g. daily prayers from the Church of England.
Or you could try an ‘Awareness Prayer’ style as outlined by Pastor Dave Smith, in his excellent book, ‘God’s Plan for your Wellbeing’.
Thanks: thank God for His many blessings
Search: invite God to search us (Psalm 139:23-24)
Review: ask am I heading towards God or away from God?
Confess: receive forgiveness and know God’s love in this
Abide: receive afresh God’s abiding presence, love + power.
Secondly … Bible Study
We’ve talked in recent weeks about the value of hearing God’s word daily. It’s so vital to our spiritual wellbeing, as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 puts it, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Pip and I are currently using the Nicky and Pippa Gumbel one. To busy? Listen as you shower, eat breakfast, drive to work or go out for a walk.
We could try an ancient way of studying called Lectio Divina.
Read: read the verse or passage multiple times
Meditate: observe + apply – writing notes in a journal can help
Pray: express our deepest thoughts, feelings and desires
Contemplate: rest with gratitude to God
Or we could try a more modern approach from Wayne Cordeiro:
Scripture: pause on a verse or passage
Observe: ask questions
Apply: what do I do about it?
Pray: respond to what God is saying
Home Groups are praying together today, so have a blessed time Zooming and WhatsApping … and as we pray and listen to God’s word. May we grow in our walk with Jesus and therefore our spiritual wellbeing.