Seek to allow your attention and focus to be on listening for what God is saying to you as you read this book. Listen for God to speak to you in and through, around and within, over and behind and out front of everything that you read. Keep asking yourself, “What is God seeking to say to me in all of this?” By adopting this posture toward the text you will begin the process of reversing the learning mode that establishes you as the controlling power who seeks to master a body of information. Instead, you will begin to allow the text to become an instrument of God’s grace in your life. You will begin to open yourself to the possibility of God’s setting the agenda for your life through the text.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice!
—Psalm 95:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word
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