Welcome back! If you haven't read Day 3 in "Why Pray?" Please do so now.
Today's Scripture - I Corinthians 2:11-12 "Who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us."
Honestly, when I read the title of today's section I thought something like, 'Great, I got stuck with some sappy, romantic comedy version of Christianity.' It only took a page or so to realize there was much more depth than that (Not that romantic comedies can't be deep!!).
The idea of being made in His image really caught my attention---1 Cor 13 ends with faith, hope, and love and the greatest of these being love. This gives us some insight into God's image and what was impressed upon the human heart. Love is the greatest, because love is eternal. Faith and hope were not around before creation and will go away upon Jesus' return. Love though, love was eternal in the relationship of the Trinity and love will continue after Christ returns into eternity!
God designed us with a great need for intimacy, founded on our relationship with Him through Jesus, made possible by His Spirit. Prayer is a part of that intimacy and expression of the relationship and it's a two-way street.
The author mentions the 1 Cor. 2:11-12 passage and how our spirit connects with God's Spirit that dwells in our heart. This is how we walk through life---allowing His Spirit to speak to us, guide us, heal us, correct us, motivate us, send us, and to know Him more fully.
Jesus' death and resurrection restored that relationship and the ultimate intention of humanity being in relationship with our Creator. So now, our hands/souls can be intimately connected with Him as we walk this journey of faith!!
Spend 5-10 minutes reflecting on the reading, passages, and ask God to speak to your soul. What challenged you from the reading/passages? Do you realize your deep need for connection with God? What steps can you take to 'hear' Him and walk more closely with Him?
I would love to hear your feedback below...