Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:1 – 22
Let us start today’s reflection with this beautiful prayer from St. Clare, “Dispose of me as you please; I am yours by having consecrated my will to God. It is no longer my own.” Yesterday, the Holy Spirit told us that God is seeking for believers who have a teachable spirit. In John 10:4, the Scripture says, “When he has brought them out, he goes ahead of them, the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.” No one can be guided by the Lord if he is not humble. You must be disposed to and allow your spiritual ears to be tuned in the direction of His voice, without which you cannot hear His instructions. No wonder, the Psalmist says, “He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them His will.” (Psa. 25:9). There are three ways by which we can learn to be guided by the Lord.
First, through obedience: If a believer is not ready to follow the Lord, what is the need for God’s guidance? Every day, believers study the Scriptures, come across God’s promises and instructions, but never care to put them into practise. For a believer to be guided by the Lord, he must be prepared to surrender completely to Him; and depend totally on the will of God in his life. Hear St. Paul as he affirms his total dependence on Christ Jesus, he says, “But all those things that I might count as profit I now reckon as loss for Christ’s sake. Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord . . . . .” (Phil. 3:7 – 9). St. Paul acknowledged the fact that he, no longer, depended on his own righteousness, but the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ. (Phil. 3:9b). This is the mark of obedience expected of those who desire God’s guidance. Hear St. Benedict, “The first degree of humility is obedience without delay.” St. Francis de Sales complemented St. Benedict when he said, “Blessed are the obedient, for God will never suffer them to go astray.” Beloved, allow the Lord to guide you by learning first to surrender to His will and to be docile to the promptings of His Spirit.
Second, you must believe in your heart that God still speaks to His people, even today. Many religious persons think that God has stopped speaking to His own in this generation. God still speaks and loudly for that matter. The dilemma is that many ears are either blocked or turned to the voices and noises from the world. The Holy Spirit says to you today, “Beloved, simply have faith in the Lord, tune your ears to His frequency and you will hear Him guiding your footsteps, thoughts and actions.”
Finally, through heart directed prayers. Hear St. Augustine of Hippo, “The daily prayer of the faithful makes satisfaction for those daily, tiny light faults from which this life cannot be free.” Archbishop Utalthornae also says, “Prayer is the noblest and most exalted action of which man is capable through the grace of God.” In humble prayers, we speak to God and He speaks back to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Beloved, allow yourself to be guided by God through prayer, faith and obedience.
- Start today’s prayers with the song: “He leadeth me, He leadeth me, and by his own hands He leadeth me; his faithful follower I would be for by His own hands He leadeth me.”
- Pray for God’s pardon for the many times you failed in obedience, faith and prayer.
- Take this prayer: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I come before your divine throne O Lord; that you may guide, instruct and direct me. Give me the courage, obedience and listening ear at all times O Lord. Make me always surrender to your will for me in the name of Jesus.”
- Thank God for answered prayers.
Exercise: Take sometime out to stay with the Lord in private today.
Memory Verse: Psalm 25:9.