I felt an excitement the first time I heard of walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and now it's about to become a reality. I refer to it as a "Pilgrimage" and I expect it to be a rich spiritual (Jesus) time. I've extended my stay in Europe to cover other countries where I'm also expecting to encounter God in new ways. I hope to record some of my experiences here. But I see the whole of life also as a Pilgrimage. So, the writing may continue after the forthcoming trip.
Search me, O
God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is
any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
I believe I know my heart. I desire to live
in a full relationship with God. I know there are imperfections and sin in me.
I try to deal with these as they arise, by confession and repentance, seeking
God’s forgiveness and asking Him to set me free.
But do I really know my heart? Could there
perchance be things to deal with that I cannot see? Might there be blockages
that prevent me from receiving the fullest Holy Spirit input into my life? Are
there obstacles or obstructions to my life and ministry that I am simply not
aware of? Perhaps this is where a sincere heart cry to God is needed.
both sincere and earnest in my desire to be free of any and all impediment, to
be able to live with You in close relationship and in the deepest intimacy, and
to minister for You in fullness and abundance.
is my desire, I present myself to You with a plea that we may deal with
anything that could prevent the timely realisation of my desire. I love You and
want the fullest impact and expression of that love in my life. I ask You to
search me to the depths of my being. Release me from anything that might be
offensive. Deal with me, and set me free. I want to go only one way, Your way.
willing, Lord. I pray that You are too. I want to journey with You – through
this present day and throughout all eternity.
me, O Holy One, and make me truly Yours. I ask these things, humbly, in the
name of the Triune God – the Father of love, the Son of salvation, and the Holy
Spirit of presence and power.
my prayer, and answer it please, in Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.
What is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?Psalm 8.4
The psalmist has considered the glory and
majesty of God in the mighty creation of the heavens (v3). Then he makes this inquisitive
statement about “mere man”. I am reminded of seeing a visual attempt to convey
the incredible vastness of God’s universal creation. I don’t know if there is
one universe or many, but what there is seems to be totally beyond my
Then there is the human creature.I am aware, from my own sweet experience, of
the reality of God’s individual care (that is, individual attention given to
each individual). It doesn’t compute. It is truly beyond my understanding. God
is indeed amazing, incredible and totally, absolutely, without equal.
No, I simply can’t comprehend the extent of
what I am writing about. I cannot comprehend it but, I praise God that I can
accept that He cares for me as personally and intimately as a fully one-to-one,
one-on-one interaction. I can accept this, and I receive it – willingly.
understanding of the vastness of Your creation and the greatness of Your power
is still limited, but growing. Indeed, it seems unbelievable to me that I, a
humble insignificant mortal, can even be talking to you now as I am. Yet, as
fantastic as it may seem, I am at ease with it. I can indeed believe it. This
in itself is a miracle. Is this the work of Your Holy Spirit? If so please give
God of all creation, I humbly submit to You. I need You, I want You, I love You
and adore You. I thank You so much for the love and care You show me. May I
join with You and be used by You in sharing that love. It is just too precious
for me to keep to myself. Help me, please. Fill me, mould me, use me, in Jesus’
name I ask.Amen.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay
to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.2 Cor. 4.7
The “treasure” I believe Paul is talking
about is contained in the preceding paragraph...the light of the gospel of the
glory of Christ, who is the image of God. This is powerful in itself.
Jesus is the very image of God. He came to earth and walked among us. He lived
with us and imparted the gospel and its divine glory to us. He still does this
today through the presence and working of the Holy Spirit. I have met this
Jesus. Furthermore, He is in me. He lives in me. He gives me life. He leads me
in and through life.
Yet, I am still a jar of clay. This term
sounds most uninteresting, banal, dowdy and really, really dull. But there is a
surprise within. And the inner surprise needs to be released. It is significant
to me that Paul writes of the light
of the gospel, and the glory of Christ. Jesus Himself cautioned us not to hide
the light. It is to be set on a stand to illuminate all it touches, and not
hidden where it cannot be effective. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise you Father in heaven.”
first act is one of thanksgiving. I thank you for the light You have given me.
You have graciously blessed me with the light of the gospel of glory. You have
connected me with my Lord Jesus. I thank You and pray, indeed, for the fullest
thank you also that I am a jar of clay, and may I remain so as long as I am on
this earth. This way, the light that shines in me will be Your light, and not
Father, may Your light continue to shine in me – long, bright and effectively.
Fill me with Your light. Lead me to shine it forth in every place I go. I ask
this in Jesus’ name.
I long to see you so that I may impart to
you some spiritual gift to make you strong – that is, that you and I may be
mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.Rom. 1.11-12
Friendship and fellowship are vital ingredients
for a Christian life. In meeting together with friends we are enabled both to
give and to receive encouragement.There are times when we all need this. And we
receive it in Christian friendship and fellowship.
There is an old saying: No man is an island unto himself. This
is so true. Certainly there are times for aloneness and solitude, but God made
humans to live in harmony and relationship – with Himself and with each other.
I thank God for the friendships He has
openend up for me. They are many, and so varied. And in these friendships I see
so clearly the give and take of Christian living, the interchange of faith
through which we edify and mutually encourage each other. There are times when
I need to receive. There are times when I am able to give. I thank God that He
is the divine coordinator of both.
God, Holy Father,
thank You for relationship. I thank You first for the relationship I have with
You. I ask You to draw me even closer and take me deeper. I thank You for the
many friends You have blessed me with. I appreciate each and every one of them.
Strengthen these friendships, please, and bring more as it pleases You.
we continue to uphold and mutually encourage each other in Holy Spirit power,
in the love of the Father and in the name of Jesus.
thank You for those times when You allow me to meet with my friends
face-to-face. I thank You for the times when our meetings are by telephone or
electronic means. In each and every meeting, You are there. My prayer is for
this to continue. Lead me always, Holy Father, in Jesus name I ask.Amen.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being
watchful and thankful.Col. 4.2
Again I’ve gone back to the Greek for
further insight to this verse. The Greek verb προσέχω (prosecho) means to pay
close attention to, to hold on to, to give oneself to. In 1 Timothy 3.8 it is
translated as ‘to be addicted to’. I like this one, and will adopt it for
reflection here. I will be addicted to prayer.
Sadly, today, we hear much about people’s
struggles with alcohol and drug addictions. An addiction is something it is
most difficult, and in some cases impossible, to cure. In a positive
application I’d like this to be the way with prayer. I want to be totally
addicted to prayer, to conversation and dialogue with God. I want it to be
impossible a habit to break. I want it such that I can’t live without it.
The word watchful comes, I think, from the
Greek word γρηγορέω (gregoreo) which means ‘be or keep awake, watch, be alert,
be alive.’ Certainly I need to keep awake as I pray, but I also need to keep myself
alert to anything that God might have to say to me. And my prayer needs to be
alive and, further, to fill me with life.
I would not have thought ‘thankful’ should
need further explanation but I looked it up anyway and I’m delighted to see
that it is ευχαρίστία (eucharistia) which, of course, is where we get the
English word Eucharist. This is a further reminder to me that, as I pray, I
join in holy communion with my gracious God and Father.
prayer is to ask You for an addiction. I pray that You will lead me into an
addiction of prayer. May I be totally sold out to exquisite connection with You
through the wonderful power of prayer.
me be ever watchful in prayer and alert to anything You may wish to show me.
me to You in sweetest communion as I express my thanks to You for all that You
are and all that You do in and for me.
me now through this day to Your praise and glory. I n Jesus’ Name I ask.Amen.