I wonder if I’ll ever get tired of this devotional book. I doubt it. Sarah Young offers words from scripture put together in such a way that Jesus is talking to me and my current circumstance. If you get the book you’ll see that I’m wrong about that. You’ll find that Jesus is speaking to you. And in that way we’ll both see that these writing are divinely anointed.
I admit when I first perused her book I thought it quite bold of the author to speak for Jesus. I mean, that takes a fair amount of audacity — which I don’t mean in a critical sort of way, rather I’m thinking, how brave and nervy in an awesome sort of way. Reading the introduction erased any concerns and assured me that truly God inspired Sarah Young. He directed her efforts in writing down messages He had for her from Holy Scriptures, which she was kind enough to share with us.
Today I re-read the introduction and was reminded of the joy prayerful dialogue brings. That means speaking and listening. Ms. Young spent hours listening for God’s voice — not an audible voice, but listening for God to speak through her thoughts and through His Word.
As for me, I find that I listen best to God when I’m reading, or writing, or listening to music, or singing — He speaks to me then. I shared with a friend that often, especially at night time, when I devote a difficult matter to prayer I find myself helping God solve the problem, predicament, or puzzle and before I know it, I’ve ceased praying and drifted off to daydreaming, or just plain drifted off (me and those disciples — for shame).
She reminded me of a better way to pray. Why not pray perfectly…the way Jesus taught us:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses as we for give those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever.
Rather than exhausting myself running through the long list of things God is already completely aware of, I will (first) pray the Lord’s prayer. Then I can relax in His presence, trusting and waiting for His perfect will to be done. Meanwhile, having placed at his feet my cares for the world, for my community, my church, and my family I can go about the task of living gratefully and with joy. I can sleep in peace knowing God watches over all of his creation. This is His world after all, and we are His people, the sheep of his pasture.