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Something I Should Know?

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During a concert, singer song writer David Wilcox responded to a question from the audience about how he composes songs. HE said their are three aspects to his process: a quiet room, an empty page, and the question, "Is there something I should know?" It struck me as a wonderful approach for followers of Jesus as we seek the Lord's plan for our lives each day.

 

Throughout Jesus's public ministry, He took time to be alone in prayer. After refusing 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, He sent His disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee by boat while He dismissed the crowd (Matthew 14:22). "After [Jesus] has dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone" (verse 23).

If the Lord Jesus saw the need to be alone with His Father, how much more do we need a daily time of solitude to pour out our hearts to God, ponder His Word, and prepare to follow His directions. A quiet room-anywhere we can focus on the Lord without distractions. An empty page-a receptive mind, a blank sheet of paper, a willing ness to listen. Is there something I should know? "Lord, speak to me by Your Spirit, Your written Word, and the assurance of Your direction."

 

From the quiet hillside, Jesus descended into a violent storm, knowing exactly what HIs Father wanted Him to do (Verse 24-27).

-David McCasland

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